STORMS WILL COME
During my childhood, times of storm were exceptionally dark, dismal, and disquieting times. The old people believed that noise attracted lightning. All electrical appliances were unplugged, the lights were “cut off”, and we were warned not to touch paper or go near windows for they also “drew lightning”. It was ALWAYS DARKEST DURING THE STORM!
During the great cyclone of 1909, A certain ship’s Captain, his crew, and several passengers were caught out on the sea by the storm. As the tempest raged, the Captain realized his ship was sinking fast. He called out, “Anyone here know how to pray?” One man stepped forward. “Aye, Captain, I know how to pray.” “Good,” said the captain, “you pray while the rest of us put on our life jackets – we’re one short.”
This guy could NOT have been in the U.S. Navy because the first thing an American military man learns is to never volunteer for ANYTHING!
Jesus’ disciples were also caught out on the sea by a sudden storm. Luckily for them, their Captain was the “Master of ocean and earth and skies”. The winds and the waves shall obey His will with the utterance of three simple words, PEACE BE STILL! [Sang Creek Carter, SANG].
Matthew 14:22-36 reads “And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
Meanwhile, the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night, Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, ‘It is a GHOST’; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, ‘Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid’. And Peter answered him and said, ‘Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water’. And he said, ‘Come’. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, ‘O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?’ And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, ‘Of a truth, thou art the Son of God.”
Verse 25 tells us that this miracle happened “during the fourth watch”. The Hebrews had adopted the Roman custom of dividing the night into four “watches”. The first watch spanned from about 6 o’clock p.m. until 9 p.m. The second watch stretched from 9 p.m. until midnight. The third watch lasted from midnight until 3 o’clock a.m. and the “fourth watch” was from 3 a.m. until 6 a.m. It was during the “fourth watch”, when the sky was at its blackest that the disciples struggled with their little boat against the raging storm. They felt that all hope was lost. They probably felt abandoned too.
A wise man named Thomas Fuller (1608-1661), once wrote, “It is always darkest before the day dawneth”. it was during a raging storm; in the darkest hour of the night; just before the dawn; when all seemed lost; that Jesus stepped out on the water and calmed the raging tempest and I believe that what He did then, He can do for US during our storms and during our darkest moments, IF WE JUST HAVE FAITH!
And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:
And he sent forth a crow which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried up from the earth.