Mark 4:35-41 – WHEN TROUBLED
Perhaps, you have heard the expression “At Wit’s End”. It refers to a time in our lives when everything is going wrong, and we do not know which way to turn. A similar term which we use today is being at the end of your rope. The poem “At Wit’s End Corner”, by Antoinette Wilson, goes like this.
Are you standing at “Wit’s End Corner,” Christian with troubled brow?
Are you thinking of what is before you, And all you are bearing now?
Does all the world seem against you, and you in the battle alone?
Remember at “Wit’s End Corner,” is just where God’s power is shown.
Are you standing at Wit’s End Corner,” Blind with wearying pain,
Feeling you can’t endure it. you cannot bear the strain?
Bruised, through the constant suffering, dizzy and dazed, and numb.
Remember at Wit’s End Corner” is where Jesus loves to come.
Are you standing at “Wit’s End Corner,” You work before you spread,
All lying, begun, unfinished, and pressing on heart and head?
Looking for strength to do it, Stretched out trembling hands?
Remember, At “Wit’s End Corner” The Burden Bearer stands.
Are you standing at Wit’s End Corner”, Then you stand at the very spot To learn the wondrous resources, of Him who faileth not!
No doubt, To a brighter pathway your footsteps will soon be moved, But only at Wit’s End Corner is the God who is able proved. Antoinette Wilson
- At Wit’s End – Where all problems gather.
- At Wit’s End – Where I feel so hopeless.
- At Wit’s End – Where defeat seems likely, or even certain.
- At Wit’s End – Where we have all been, but never enjoy being there.
- At Wit’s End – Caused by sickness, sin, death, finances, friends, and unavoidable circumstances.
At Wit’s End is the exact place the 12 disciples found themselves one night when there was a storm on the Sea Of Galilee, and they were in the middle of the sea! From the experience that these men had, we can learn what to do when we come to the end of our wits, at Wit’s end corner.
Jesus had been teaching all day.
Evening had arrived.
It was time to cross The Sea Of Galilee.
It is here we learn what to when we are at Wit’s End, when troubled
BEFORE TROUBLE, THERE’S A PLAN TO FOLLOW – Mark 4:35-36
Vs. 35 – To cross The Sea Of Galilee was Jesus’ idea.
He said, “Let us pass over to the other side of the lake.”
Ephesians 5:15-17, Psalm 32:8, Matthew 7:7-8, John 16:13
Vs. 36 – “They took Him even as He was in the ship.”
Jesus went with them. He was in the boat!
Jesus needs to be captain in your ship and mine.
Luke 9:23, Romans 12:1
WHEN TROUBLED, THERE’S PROBLEMS TO FACE – Mark 4:37-38
Vs. 37 – Ephesians 6:12, 1 Peter 5:8
Vs. 38 – Look at the wrong way the disciples approached their situation. They panicked and questioned His concern.
WHEN TROUBLED, THERE’S POWER TO FATHOM – Mark 4:39
Philippians 4:10-13, Psalm 130:5-6, Psalm 27: 13-14
WHEN TROUBLED, THERE’S THE PRIORITY OF FAITH – Mark 4:40
- Why is it, Jesus asks, that you panicked?
- Why is it, Jesus asks, that you fell apart under pressure?
- Why is it, Jesus asks, that your testimony was absent because you went to pieces?
“WHY IS IT THAT YOU HAVE NO FAITH?” – Hebrews 11:6, James 1:2-8