From our text, Jesus Christ informed His disciples about a journey to the other side, a journey from one location to another, a journey that was obviously targeted at freeing a great Evangelist who was destined for greatness but tied down and bound by powers of darkness (Mk. 5:1-20). On their way to the other side however, a great storm arose with the intention to hinder them. The fretful disciples drew the attention of the Ancient of Days to the raging storm and with a word, He rebuked the wind, the wind ceased instantly and the raging storm was stopped. Eventually, Jesus Christ with His disciples arrived at their destination and the great man that was bound, was released from the captivity of the wicked and he became a great Evangelist in Decapolis. I therefore pray that the power of God shall frustrate the threat of storms around you, shall suspend laws of nature for your sake and His power shall take you from where you are to where you are supposed to be in the name of Jesus.
What is a storm? A storm is a very dangerous wave that has devastating tendencies and while there are natural storms, we also have spiritual storms. When a natural storm occurs, it comes with colossal damages – there are displacement of organised settings and structures; the family, home and places that have been set suddenly become disorganised and things are turned completely upside down (Job 27:21). To reduce the destructive consequences of a storm, captains of ships are always advised to avoid stormy locations. Where a natural storm cannot be avoided and occurs however, the ship passengers are commanded not to loiter in the ship, luggages are properly organised in their compartments, breakable utensils are securely kept out of the reach of passengers and cargoes are jettisoned to lighten the weight of the vessel, among other precautionary measures.
While the effect of a physical storm can be sighted and ameliorated, a spiritual storm is not visible to human eyes and it is much more destructive, it evolves suddenly like the experience of the woman with the issue of blood, the great Naaman who was afflicted with leprosy and the only child of the Shunamite woman who was struck with an evil arrow and died (Mk. 5:25-26; 2Kings 5:1-14; 2 Kings 4:18-20). Besides the attack coming suddenly, it is worthy of note that a spiritual storm evolve through sudden misunderstanding among couples leading to separation or divorce and can manifest in sudden strange behaviour in a person. It is visible when a thriving business outfit suddenly begins to go down, observable in perennial visits to Doctors for changing ailments, noticeable in unexplainable loss of revenue, seeable in increasing expenditure without commensurate increase in income, obvious in inability to meet up with matrimonial and occupational demands, remarkable when friends are suddenly turned to enemies and observable when there is unjustifiable dislike or hatred by superior officers etc.
Brethren, kindly be informed that with Jesus Christ in the boat of your life does not exclude you from a spiritual storm. This is suffice to say that being a born again Christian, a church worker or a Pastor does not exclude you from the challenges of a storm (Psalm 34:19; John 16:33). It is nevertheless pertinent to note that it doesn’t matter what your experiences are today, you are not hopeless as there is a God who specialises at making ‘the storm calm, so that the waves thereof are still’ (Psalm 107:29). He is the One that is “a refuge from the storm” (Isaiah 25:4) and He is the One that “sits upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in” (Isaiah 40:22). He is your God and He will never allow you to be put to shame. I have good news for you my brother and sister, the present storm that you are wading through has a terminal date with Jesus Christ. There is no storm that can stop you. The present storm cannot end your life. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. This is your morning of joy. This is your morning of new beginnings. As the storm came to you through one way, it shall surely disappear through another way. As the Lord lives, you shall surely get to your Promised Land.
I therefore encourage you beloved brother and sister at this time of Lent, to build your life on the Rock (Matthew 7:24 cf Romans 9:33), allow Jesus Christ into the boat of your life, surrender your life to Him, confess your sins to Him and ask Him to forgive your sins, tell Him to come into your life and take full charge, make a commitment to live for Him henceforth, call on Him at all times, obey Him in all things and have faith in His power to deliver. As the Lord lives, the storms within and around you shall be silenced and you shall get to your other side of greatness and testimonies in the name of Jesus.
- Prayer: Almighty God come into the boat of my life, calm every storm, take me to the other side of my life, terminate my weepings and restore the joy of my salvation, in Jesus’ name.