Genesis 33; Mark 4; Esther 9-10; Romans 4: Proverbs 1
It was a dark and stormy night…and the disciples are in a boat that is being overtaken by the wind and the waves while Jesus lies sleeping in the stern. They wake Jesus up saying, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” So Jesus gets up and tells the wind to be still-and the disciples are amazed and terrified. “Who is this man” they ask themselves, “that even the winds and sea obey Him?” This event is found in Mark 4: 35-41. In the midst of it all, Jesus asks the disciples this question, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” That question struck a chord with me this morning. While I have not asked the exact question the disciples did, “Lord, do you not care that I am perishing?” I have been gripped by fear-I know the Lord cares for me-I know He cares for the ones I love so dearly- and yet I too easily give in to fear as the days drag on and the storm continues to rage.
As I read this passage in Mark this morning I thought first of all that the disciples did not understand the true depth of Jesus love and care for them-He very much cared whether or not they would perish-that is why He came to earth in the first place-in order that we would not perish. That is the big picture above all others. He is not going to let me be overcome by the storm, He will not lose any that He loves to the raging storm. What He calls me to here is to have faith in Him to see me safely through to the other side. That can be particularly hard when your boat is being tossed about and the water is coming in over the sides. My prayer this morning is not so much for a calming of the storm, but that I would have the faith I need to trust Him through the storm.
Grace, peace, and mercy,