Monday, August 08, 2011
Today’s Topic: Whirlwinds
Today’s Text: Mark 4:39 (NKJV) Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
Have you ever seen a whirlwind? I have not only seen them, but been in one – literally. But that’s nothing compared to a tornado, which I have also been in. I tell you that to say that my life feels like that right now. It’s been over two weeks since I’ve been able to sit down at my computer in my office and spend time with the Lord as He fills my heart with some Connecting Point to share with you. That is sufficient reason enough for my life to be spinning.
It seems lately like I’m one of the disciples in the boat where Jesus was sleeping in the front during a storm. Remember the story in Mark chapter 4?
35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
40He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
41They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
The Greek word translated “furious squall” in this passage is defined in one of my Greek dictionaries this way –
1) a whirlwind, a tempestuous wind
2) a violent attack of wind, a squall
2a) never a single gust nor a steady blowing wind, however violent, but a storm breaking forth from black thunder clouds in furious gusts, with floods of rain, and throwing everything topsy-turvy
Topsy-turvy. That’s how it feels. A sudden blast that throws everything into a tailspin. Life gets that way far too often, and when it does, we tend to get wrapped up in the deafening noise of the storm to the point that we can no longer hear the still small voice of the Lord. The fear of the storm overwhelms our faith in the presence of God.
Another Greek word that is also translated as “whirlwind” in the New testament is used only one time – in Hebrews 12:18. The context of its usage is significant for me today, because even in the ferocity of life’s storms right now, it has been so refreshing to be able to still hear the voice of my Savior. This passage has helped me understand that. Let it also minister to your heart today and carry you through whatever storm you are in.
You have not come to a physical mountain, to a place of flaming fire, darkness, gloom, and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai when God gave them his laws. 19For they heard an awesome trumpet blast and a voice with a message so terrible that they begged God to stop speaking. 20They staggered back under God’s command: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 21Moses himself was so frightened at the sight that he said, “I am terrified and trembling.”
22No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to thousands of angels in joyful assembly. 23You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge of all people. And you have come to the spirits of the redeemed in heaven who have now been made perfect. 24You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which graciously forgives instead of crying out for vengeance as the blood of Abel did.
There is no real storm in the presence of Jesus.