Video by Pastor Steven Furtick

The winds howled and the waves crashed over the small fishing boat, tossing it about like a toy.

The seasoned fishermen-turned-disciples cried out in terror, frantically bailing water as they fought to keep the boat afloat. Beside them, Jessu slept soundly seemingly unperturbed by the life-threatening storm.

As the disciples panicked, they turned to each other and wondered aloud, “Doesn’t he care that we are perishing?”

Finally, in desperation they shook Jesus awake, shouting over the roar of the wind and waves, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

In response, Jesus stood up in the violently pitching boat and boldly commanded the wind and waves, “Quiet! Be still!”

Instantly and miraculously, the winds ceased their howling and the sea became as smooth as glass.

Turning to his astonished followers Jesus gently asked them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”

These remarkable Bible verses, found in Mark 4, offer a powerful illustration of overcoming fear with faith in the storms of life.

When frightening circumstances threaten to overwhelm you, you can have confidence and take comfort in the truth that Jesus cares deeply and has power over any force that opposes you.

By keeping your eyes fixed on Him rather than focusing on the surrounding chaos, you can weather life’s storms with God-given faith that is far bigger than your fears.

God Allows Storms to Test Our Faith

Jesus Teaches His Disciples 1

Scripture says that after a long day of teaching, Jesus told the disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” (Mark 4:35). So they began the journey across the lake.

This story in Mark 4:35-40 teaches us two important truths:

  • First, following Jesus does not exempt us from storms. The disciples were literally with Jesus, doing what He said, and they still encountered this life-threatening storm.

    Sometimes we feel entitled to easy lives when we’re walking with God. But the truth is storms still come. Being in God’s will does not mean you won’t face rain and wind!
  • Second, Jesus allows storms to test and grow our faith. The disciples had seen Jesus perform miracles and teach with authority. But they completely panicked in the storm, forgetting who Jesus was.

    So God permitted this storm to reveal the weakness in their faith and to strengthen their trust in Him.

Storms challenge your faith so that you can develop perseverance and maturity (James 1:2-4 NIV).

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Fear vs. Faith in the Storm: Faith Over Fear

Fear vs. Faith in the Storm

The disciples were full of fear in the storm. They were afraid of drowning, and afraid that Jesus didn’t care.

“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” they asked (Mark 4:38 NIV).

But Jesus responded, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” (Mark 4:40 NIV).

Essentially Jesus was asking, “Guys, didn’t I just say we’re going to the other side? I already told you we would make it through safely. You’re freaking out like you’ve forgotten who I Am!”

Jesus wanted the disciples to have faith in His Word which transcended their fear of circumstances.

Their little faith crumbled in the face of the storm, but Jesus was calling them to let faith triumph over fear.

As a Christian, you must let your faith in God’s promises be bigger than your fear of storms.

That doesn’t mean denying dangers or struggles. But it means trusting God’s words over what your eyes see.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)

Faith means believing God’s truth even when circumstances seem scary. Let your faith be bigger!

Know Who Is In Your Boat

Know Who Is In Your Boat

The disciples totally freaked out in the storm because they lost sight of who Jesus really was. They didn’t recognize His divine power and authority.

But you can’t let hard circumstances make you forget who God is! Jesus wasn’t just a man asleep on a cushion. He was and is the all-powerful, divine Son of God!

Jesus is 100% God, so He has absolute authority over the wind and waves. He is also 100% human, so He understands your struggles and cares about your pain. This Jesus is in your boat!

Knowing Jesus’ identity will give you courage in storms. Yes, your circumstances may feel overwhelming and scary. But our Savior has power over every situation! He can calm your storm.

Cling to the truth of who Jesus is in the hard times. Let your awe of His sovereign power and intimate love give you the strength to endure every storm. Keep your eyes on Him.

“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm”

Mark 4:39 (NIV)

Grow Your Faith Through the Storm

Grow Your Faith Through the Storm

After Jesus calmed the storm, He asked the disciples, “Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40 NIV).

He wasn’t condemning them, but revealing their weak faith so they could grow.

God allows storms in your life for a purpose – to test and strengthen your faith! He wants you to develop perseverance and consistent trust in Him, not just lip service.

So when you’re facing a personal storm, don’t waste it. Ask God, “How can I grow in faith through this, Lord?” Lean into Jesus and let your roots grow deeper.

Maybe God wants you to trust His power and goodness on a deeper level. Perhaps He’s teaching you to cling tighter to His Word. Or testing whether you’ll praise Him even in trials.

Every storm contains an invitation from God to elevate your faith. Don’t run from storms – embrace them as opportunities for spiritual growth. Let your faith get bigger and stronger than ever before!

2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance”

James 1:2-3 (NIV)

Key Takeaways: Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fear

  • Storms will inevitably come, even when you’re walking with God. Expect them.
  • Jesus allows storms to test and strengthen your faith in Him.
  • Feeling afraid is normal, but don’t let fear dominate faith. Trust God’s Word over your circumstances.
  • Remember who Jesus is – the all-powerful, loving Son of God – and take courage.
  • Ask God to grow your faith deeper through the storms you face.
  • God can bring peace and calm to your soul when life feels out of control.
  • Keep your eyes on Jesus, not on the wind and waves. Let your faith be bigger!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How can I stop feeling afraid in hard circumstances?

A. It’s normal to feel fear in storms. But you don’t have to be dominated by fear. Pray and ask God to help you.

Fill your mind with His truth and promises. Trust that He is good and in control, even when things seem chaotic.

Over time, your faith will become stronger than your fears.

Q. What if I pray for calm but the storm doesn’t stop?

A. Sometimes God calms the storm, and sometimes He calms your heart while the storm rages on. You can trust Him regardless.

Your circumstances don’t change God’s character. Praise Him in the trials and ask Him to help you cling to faith.

The purpose is not to avoid storms but to grow through them.

Q. How do I know if my faith is genuine?

A. You can examine your faith when storms come. Are you panicking and doubting or clinging to God’s Word?

True faith shows itself strongest under pressure. Let hard times be a faith check that drives you closer to Jesus.

God wants you to develop persevering faith that endures over time, not just sunny day faith. The storms will be faith builders.

Q. Why does God allow suffering?

A. This is a big question! But we know God uses trials for good purposes like growing your character and dependence on Him.

Suffering requires us to trust God’s heart without understanding His whole plan.

Pain develops perseverance and hope. And God promises eternity without suffering for believers. Ask Him for strength to trust His heart.

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