By Israel Kristilere
Today, it is no longer news that the whole world is going through big trouble. The truth is that we all are affected and no nation can sleep with two eyes closed because of coronavirus. As the Lord liveth, we shall triumph over our troubles and testify to the truth of God’s word. Our Salvation in Christ does not immune us from trouble. It only assures us that we shall overcome. The Complete Christian Dictionary for Home and School defines trouble as “a dangerous, risky or difficult state of affairs.” Today, while our troubles are different, we all have common trouble in the name Covid-19. But in all our troubles, what posture does Jesus take?
(A) Jesus and The Troubles of Life (Mk. 4:35-41)
The story here is one out of many that prove to us that Jesus’ friends could be in trouble. Jesus was taken in one of the boats (i.e. that waited on Him) and because of fatigue (i.e. after a hot sun preaching) slept on a cushion in the stern. Trouble came for the disciples when a furious storm (great wind) v. 37 came without invitation. (Matthew 8: 24) When Jesus was invited, he calmed the storm. May Jesus calm every storm troubling your life. For our great storm, there will be a great calm for us. Amen.
(B)Jesus: A Very Present Help in Trouble.
One of the lies the devil sponsors into our hearts is to think that God/Jesus deserts His people in their trouble or that he cares less. Nothing can be far from the truth as this. (Psalm 10:1) From this story, there are four things we need to be convinced of when it comes to the matter of Jesus and our troubles.
(1.)Jesus is present in our troubles – Those who have invited Jesus into their lives will have Him present with them at all times. He does not desert his own. (Psalm 46: 1-2, Isaiah 43: 2) So the right question when you are in trouble is not, “why am I in this situation,” but “why are we in this situation” for Jesus is with you.
(2.) Jesus Cares – (vs.38) 1Peter 5:7 says we should cast all our cares upon Him for He cares for us. Jesus cares though He may appear unconcerned/sleeping. Jesus cares and He knows all about our struggles and He will guide us through. One of our hymns says, “There is no other friend like the lowly Jesus.”
(3.) When you invite Him, He will calm your storm – When we show seriousness and not just complaining, Jesus will calm our storms. The disciples had enough faith to call on Him and He responded by commanding the storm to be quiet. (vs. 39) Peace, be still was the only sentence that brought the great calm. Peace/Quiet means, storm- cease thy tossing and be still means cease thy roaring. May the Lord command same over the storms and troubles of our lives. Amen.
(4.) Jesus always ensures we learn something from the troubles that we face. (vs. 40-41) In our passage, the disciples learnt a lesson on faith and the power of Jesus to save, deliver and help. The trials/troubles we go through in life are not meant to destroy us but to make us better. After we have obtained the victory over our troubles, may our lives be better. Amen.
As we conclude, may I ask you, “Is Jesus in the boat of your life? Have you invited Him into your life?” Life is full of troubles and you need Jesus by your side. Only when you have Him in your boat can you call on Him to help you out. (Psalm 50:15) He is a very present help in trouble. He will help you. Shalom.
Rev. Dr Israel Kristilere, Shepherdhill Baptist Church, (Sanctuary of Grace & Glory), Baptist Academy Compound, Obanikoro, Lagos.