Hurricane season is at large here on the East coast again. As people rush for supplies to see them through the
storm, I find myself in shock over their behavior. Many have thrown out their book of ethics, (some never had
one), over a loaf of bread, or an opportunity to get to a gas pump. Others will abandon friends, family, and
co-workers without care or consideration for their needs, gather a few belongings and head for higher ground. Not
surprisingly, some of these wholesome, good hearted folks, are solid Christians who are learned in the word of
During troublesome times, fear and panic seem to be winning the race, while morals appear to be coming in last
place. It is all a matter of safety. Let's stop and ask ourselves this question, who is safe? In reality their is no safety
in mans wisdom. When we run from the problem that is confronting us, most of the time, we have only created
two or three more.
Some left the path of the storm to escape the possibility of being killed. Yet they face that same possibility while
driving in the traffic created by all the fear and panic. Therefore placing themselves, (and their families), right back
in harms way. Now, I'm not saying that we shouldn't get out of harms way if we know it's coming. I am merely
saying, that sometimes we are only trading a knife for a gun. Both are weapons of destruction. That is exactly
what fear and panic are. Weapons of destruction. When we allow them to rule in our lives we are killing ourselves
spiritually. (Sometimes even physically.)
Mans wisdom will fail us every time. Let's look at Mark 4:35 through 4:41. Here we have the story of Jesus as he
calmed the storm. Look at verse 38. His disciples woke him and said, "Master, carest thou not that we perish?"
They were giving thought to their current situation with mans wisdom. They knew that Jesus was a worker of
miracles, but they couldn't see past the reality that they were confronted with. The boat was filling up and they
were going to sink and possibly drown. The same thing is happening to us today. We are sinking.
Let's look at verse 38 again, from a different perspective. His disciples woke him and said, "Master," stop right
there. What have they done? They have called on the only one that can save them. They did not even realize their
safety was with them in the midst of the storm. Look at verse 39, "And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said
unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." He made them safe. Did they
change their manner of thinking? No. Look at verse 41, "And they feared exceedingly." They still remained in the
wisdom of men. That's exactly what we have done. We continue to think with the wisdom of man, despite the
fact that Gods word teaches us not to.
There are many different types of storms that come into our lives every day. Sometimes they are more personal
than a hurricane, sometimes they aren't. Here in the book of Mark we have learned that Jesus can calm the storm.
All we have to do is call on his name. If we should find ourselves going through another physical storm, let's keep
our ethics about us. Let's call on Jesus, and hold on to his word, keeping it foremost in our thoughts. Being the
example that he would have us to be. Showing love and kindness to all. Knowing that he can and will calm the
May God Bless You,