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Let’s cross over to the other side

February 21st, 2009 Posted in encouragement, lost boy, Lost Boy Blog, questions, sermons, travel

One day at the Sea of Galilee, Jesus said to His disciples, ”Let us cross over to the other side” (Mark 4:35 NKJV).

As they were making their way across, a huge storm came out of nowhere, which was  a common occurrence on this large freshwater lake. The seasoned sailors were terrified as hurricane force winds hit and the boat filled with water.

Despite the bad weather, Jesus managed to sleep through it. But the disciples could no longer contain themselves.

Don’t you care?

So they woke up Jesus, saying, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (v. 38) That is really a bit accusational, but it’s the way they felt.

They were saying, essentially, “Lord, are You even aware of what we are facing right now?”

“Why are You allowing this?”

As I have said, it’s fine to ask why as long as you don’t expect an answer. Better to cry out in anguish to God than to turn from Him in anger.

Jesus rebuked them and the storm

Jesus woke up and rebuked the storm, but then He dealt with them too, asking them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (v. 40) Or literally, “Why are you such timid, fearful ones?”

Jesus was saying, “Boys, haven’t you learned anything here?”

You see, Jesus said, “Let’s cross over to the other side!” He did not say, “Let’s go drown in the middle of the Sea of Galilee!”

He did not promise smooth sailing, but He did promise a safe passage.

Listen, it’s better to be in a storm with Jesus than anywhere else without Him.

Or in a fiery furnace–just ask Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego.

Or in a lion’s den–just ask Daniel.

Or in a prison–just ask Peter.

Or in a storm again or even shipwrecked–just ask Paul.

This weekend in Chicago

This weekend, James McDonald and I are swapping pulpits!

James is speaking at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, and I am speaking at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago.

I will be showing my autobiographical film, Lost Boy: The Next Chapter, and speaking after.

So, if you or anyone you know is in the Chicago area, please come and join us. For more info on that, click here.

Thursday nights in Orange County

The new Bible study that I will be doing in the O.C. in Southern California is coming soon. It all starts on March 12.

We are building a Web site for it, but for now, click here for more info. 

This and that

This weekend, I did an article at WorldNetDaily called, “Are You Almost Christian?” To read that, click here.

Also, to read my long-form weekend devotion, click here.

4 Responses to “Let’s cross over to the other side”

  1. Josue says:

    Thiis is the main reason I like blog.greglaurie.com. Great post.

  2. Chuck says:

    Dear Greg,

    Read the article about your son in Decision magazine. I have admired and respected your ministry for years and, as a father of two grown sons, I can’t imagine your grief. Just the thought of losing my beloved firstborn terrifies me because I’m not sure he is a Christian. This may seem like a strange question, but in hindsight, did you have any warning from God that something like this could be forthcoming? I ask because of something that happened to me recently. Don’t know if you will ever see this, but pray you do and will respond. May God continue to comfort and heal your broken heart, brother.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What an encouragement you gave me in your words, Greg! I wasn’t able to sleep because of a recent “storm” that is consuming me. Your words of how I can ask the Lord “why” and not have to get an answer, but just stick by Him to get me to the other side, give me confidence. Thank you for allowing God to use you, no matter what trials you have been through. To God be the glory. You and your family continue to be in my prayers, as well. God bless you.

  4. Lori says:

    Dear Pastor Greg,

    A series of misfortunes have chased me down over the last week or so. I got so down. The one thing that keeps me going is knowing that I’m called for a purpose in Christ.

    When I decided to log in after not reading your blog in a while, I read your words: “It’s better to be in a storm with Jesus than anywhere else without Him…” I nearly fell off my chair.

    Thank you.
    Shalom.
    lori

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