Sleeping the Storm Away- Mark 4:35-41

“And He was in the rear of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awoke Him, and said unto Him, “Teacher, care you not that we perish?” –Mark 4:38

It could have been terrifying to be aboard a ship that is about to capsize. The sea turns into a huge mountain of waves that hammer on the ship that is slowly wearing out. It could be the longest hours of your life not knowing whether you would live to see the next sunlight. The normal instinct is to grab a life jacket and prepare to abandon the ship before it takes you deep under the sea.

In the text, a squall caught the disciples on a ship in the middle of the sea. They panicked. They wanted to save both their lives and their ship. However, in the middle of the commotion, they found the Lord at the stern peacefully sleeping on a pillow so they woke Him up saying, “Teacher, care you not that we perish?” Immediately, the Lord stood up and rebuked the wind. He said unto the sea, “Peace, be still”, the wind died down, and there was a great calm.

Storms come into our lives when we least expect. They smash us and even break us up into pieces. We cry out in pain because it seems beyond our capacity to take and like the disciples, we ask the Lord, “Don’t you care about me anymore?” However, these storms of problems are part of human existence. In one way or another, we will stumble to unexpected situations that melt us down like a sudden loss of job, broken relationships, sickness, and many other enervating circumstances.

In spite of this, the Lord has given us the assurance of His saving power and with just one word; He will pacify the rough seas of our lives. The Lord knows our troubles and His help will come immediately. When you begin to trust the Lord with all your heart, you will be peaceful in the face of trouble and like the Lord Jesus; you can sleep in the middle of a storm.

A Sure Tomorrow- Proverbs 27:1

“Boast not yourself of tomorrow, for you know not what a day may bring forth” – Proverbs 27:1

In recent years, people have been attracted to pre-need plans like educational plans, pension plans, memorial plans, and some types of life and health insurance plans. The idea is to buy a future need today. Since you would use these services inevitably anytime in the future, it would be wiser to avail of them now, on installment basis while you have the extra money to spare instead of doubling your trouble when the time comes that you would need these services but you do not have the outright cash to pay for them.

The idea is logical and essentially sensible. It is somehow a display of good financial management skills by making investments for future use. It is being a good steward of earthly possessions. You spend some, save some, and invest some. It is also important to note that we earn to grow and not just to spend all our earnings.

However, with these investment options, it does not mean that we have secured our future. No amount of money can secure a good future. Trusting in riches will only bring disaster and tragedy. Solomon warns the people in his day “Boast not yourself of tomorrow, for you know not what a day may bring forth.” What has happened to Lehman Brothers and AIG is evidence that there is no guaranteed insurance for the future.

In this life, one thing is sure, there will be troubles, and you cannot avoid them. The good news is the Lord has overcome the world. Trust in Him with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. He will surely lead you toward the fullness of life.