Do you trust God? A better question is “Do you trust the will of God (the plan God has for your life)?” The truth is, I trust my plans and my will, but God’s will and God’s plans seems scary. Can you relate? How do you trust God’s plans when they throw you into the craziest situations? Today, in our 40-Day Fast to Be Still and know God, we will see a perfect example of Trusting the Will of God. Today we will look at how to be still like Jesus.
Mark 4:39 And He got up and [sternly] rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still (muzzled)!” And the wind died down [as if it had grown weary] and there was [at once] a great calm [a perfect peacefulness].
The Context of Mark 4:39
There is so much we could discuss in this passage right?!?!? It is ripe with lessons on the Power of God, the prophecy of the Messiah and the faith of the disciples, but for time’s sake we will limit our study to the Trust of Jesus.
Our Text takes place after a time of intense ministry. Jesus had spent time teaching wherever people were, but on some instances people followed Jesus. Honestly they almost overtook him just to hear what God would speak and I can’t blame them.
Some things to keep in mind from Mark 4:
- After teaching all day Jesus wants to go across the Sea of Galilee.
- More than likely this was not long after Jesus had called the 12 disciples.
- The Sea of Galilee is known for squalls that destroy boats and take lives.
- Many of the disciples are former fishermen who know when a storm is serious or not.
Observations from Mark 4:39
Mark 4:35-41 is one of my favorite bible stories about faith and trust. Jesus was asleep while waves deadly crashed over into the boat. This always astonishes me as sleep is hard for me, though it delights my husband who loves a good nap.
“Be more like Jesus and take naps”, my hsuband lovingly mocks.
To understand how Jesus could nap in the midst of a real storm you have to know Jesus better.
What is God’s will for our lives?
The Bible tells us God’s will is for us to love God, obey Him, love others and make disciples. That is overly simplistic, but true.
How do you know what God’s will is for your life specifically?
You have to spend time with God to know God’s will. Read the Bible. Pray. Fast. Spend time face to face asking God to reveal His plan for your life. The Bible tells us God has a plan for our lives. It also tells us we can ask God for wisdom and He will answer.Jesus knew God's will for His life because Jesus spent time with God. Can we say the same? Click To Tweet
Jesus knew God’s will for His life. He walked in God’s will daily. We see examples of Jesus in the Temple, getting away alone to pray, spending time fasting to seek God’s Will. Jesus turned down opportunities because He knew they were not part of God’s Plan for His life.
Not only did Jesus know God’s will, but Jesus also Trusted the Will of God for His Life.
Application of Mark 4:39
Jesus could rest in that boat, in the midst of the storms of life (an actual storm no less) because He trusted God. Honestly, Jesus knew He was not going to die in a storm and the disciples didn’t have a clue. But we see in Jesus the trust that even if God wanted to take His life in that storm He trusted God. Jesus was okay with whatever God’s will was for His life.
What does it mean to be in God’s will?
For years I asked that question. “How do you know if you are really walking in God’s will?”, or “What if I missed something and this is the wrong path?”
But the reality is, I just didn’t trust God and what He might allow in my life. I wanted an out from the hard parts of this Christian Life because I believed they showed how much I had failed at Christianity.
Have you ever heard these? They are some of my least favorite Trusting God quotes or statements:
“Trust in God. Just trust Jesus and everything will come out all right in the end.”
“If you’r faith were bigger you would not struggle with anxiety.”
“Trust God and give up the sin that has caused these hard seasons.”
But Y’all, have you ever really looked at Jesus life?
- Jesus suffered but never sinned.
- Jesus was persecuted and lived a homeless vagabond yet obviously had faith.
- His life did not end “all right”, as He was beaten and crucified for the sins of the whole world. A pain-free comfortable life awaits any who accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, have enough faith, trust God enough and somehow live without sin' is a lie from the pits of Hell. Click To Tweet
Trusting God in all circumstances does not lead to a comfortable life.
Google Bible verses about trusting God’s plan and you will see there are no such promises. Don’t worry, I’ll wait while you go check.
Not there right?!?!? Trusting God’s will does not ensure a happy comfortable life and yet, Jesus Trusted God.
Jesus came to Earth knowing that life would be hard. He came with an eternal perspective. Life is short and hard, but eternity is worth the struggle. Do you live this life with an eternal perspective?
To be still like Jesus is to trust the will of God for your life.
Final Thoughts on Mark 4:39
Honestly, I wish I knew How to Trust God Completely
What I know is trusting God day by day is about believing and living out Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
Jesus knew scripture. He quoted right here so I know he memorized it.
Trusting God is about praying, you can even pray to trust God more, to know God’s will and walk in it.
If God allows hard things into my life I need to trust Him, not trusting God will only steal my peace.
A Prayer to Trust the Will of God and Be Still like Jesus
I want to be like You. I hear you say, over and over again “Be Still, quit striving or fighting God about the hard parts of life”. But, Jesus, that’s so hard. I don’t understand and I really want to understand. We’ve been in this place of wrestling over and over again.
Forgive me for taking back control of my life.
I surrender this life to you… today… Allow whatever brings You glory. Remind me to Be Still and not complain but pray. Teach me to Trust you as the real storms crash over me. Shine Your light brightly through me in the midst of the hard season. Help me take the Joy of the Lord up and be a reflection of You weather life is easy or hard.