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18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548

Idlewild at The Springs

8209 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33604

Iglesia Bautista Idlewild

Main Campus, Student Building, Hall 2

@HOME – 5/20

Sleeping On The Promises

 

“But He was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion.” (Mark 4: 38a)

 

Most Sundays after preaching 2x’s and for years 3x’s on Sundays, my favorite thing to do after a great cooked meal from Ms. Ginny is to take a nap. To me it’s almost a law of the Sabbath. You turn on golf, or a baseball game, or maybe even the noise of NASCAR to become the lullaby to sing you to sleep. Now I know Sabbath is Saturday, not Sunday but stay with me here, I’m going somewhere. Sabbath is a day of rest. It was given to the Jewish people as a gift from God, to rest, reflect, and be rejuvenated. The purpose was to look back with gratefulness and look forward with guidance all the things Sovereign God has allowed in your life. It was meant to refresh your mind, while relaxing your body, and rejuvenate your soul. Naps do that for me. But I must confess I’ve never taken a nap on a boat, much less one that’s in a storm. But Jesus did. He wasn’t reclining in an armed chair, nor was he positioned horizontally on a soft, leather couch. He was in the back of a boat with the waves crashing in, and what was He doing? Snoring. Ok, maybe not snoring, we have no proof of that, but we do know Mark tells us He was sleeping. So much so the disciples woke Him up, with this question.. ”Master, don’t you care that we perish?” Then Mark gave us these words…. “He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Silence! Be still!” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Then He said to them, “Why are you fearful? Do you still have no faith?”

 

See if you can wrap your head around what’s happening here. The disciples are in a storm. Jesus, who has been teaching all day comes on board and goes to the back of the boat and purposely falls asleep. You say, “No Pastor, He doesn’t fall asleep on purpose. He’s just tired and He can’t help it. That’s not true and now we are getting real close to the lesson for the day. How do I know He fell asleep on purpose? Because Mark tells us He is sleeping on a “cushion”. You don’t accidentally fall asleep when you are stretched out with a pillow. He knew where He was, and why He was doing what He was doing. Mark does too and he’s trying to tell us something. He’s telling us how to sleep during a storm? You sleep knowing Jesus gave a promise. He said, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the sea”(vs. 35). He didn’t say, “let’s go under, He said “let’s go over.” I wonder if Jesus is testing them to see if they are trusting His Word, or trusting the weather. He has a plan and a promise and no storm is going to altar that plan. Sometimes I confess, I wonder if we don’t do the same thing on Sundays. Or any other days in the week for that matter. We hear the Word, but do we believe the Word? We leave church with the same anxiety we came in with. We stay awake when Jesus wants us to rest. We worry instead of worship. And do you want to know why? Because we have forgotten the promise from the sermon He just preached. So I have an idea. Let’s grab a nice soft pillow. Stretch out, and take a nap. Are you in a storm? Relax. He’s got this. If He never sleeps, there’s no sense two of you staying awake. Go ahead.. Grab a pillow. You can sleep very sound. And when you close your eyes, sleep on this promise… He’s going to the other side, and we’re going with Him. Want to know why? Because He promised. And He’s never broken one of those. And He doesn’t plan on breaking His first one with you. Night Night.

 

-Pastor Ken