- Do you remember the story I’ve told about me and my brother, neither of us swimmers, adrift on an inflatable raft -- suddenly out farther than we wanted?
- How many see this as a metaphor for your own lives? Of right now?
We feel overwhelmed by the chaos of our lives.
- Stress; anxiety; illnesses; money; deaths
- A building burning! And the questions that come--what happened? What’s next? What’s our future?
- How many would like to be able to just drop an anchor and be able to hold your ground?
In Mark 4:35-41, the disciple were feeling overwhelmed by chaos.
- A furious storm broke out that nearly swamped the boat.
- The sea was a symbol of chaos. Water was uncontrollable.
- The disciples were afraid! They accused Jesus of not caring!
- Jesus calmly got up, rebuked the wind and waves, and settled the storm, calmed the chaos. He gave them shelter from the storm.
- Jesus made it a question of faith for the disciples--did they have enough faith to trust him to guide and lead them through the chaos of their circumstances? Did they have enough faith to find shelter in him?
While Jesus describes faith as a process of finding shelter in him during the storms of life, the apostle Paul asks, Can you find contentment in Christ in the middle of chaos? (Phil. 4:10-13)
- Content whatever the circumstances (11-12)
- Why? Because of our connection to Christ (13)
- Shelter from the storm of anxiety through faith in Jesus
- Contentment in the middle of chaos in Christ
- No matter where we are or what happens to us, we can be content in Christ!
- Trust him to overcome the chaos we are in and follow him.
- Anchor yourself with prayer and let God’s peace fill you completely.