By Eddie Lombard.
40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
To trust that God is still in control in the times we find ourselves, is not easy. We know the answer but in reality, it looks like the world is out of control.
In Mark 4:35-41 Jesus has just finished one of his teaching sections next to the lake. As evening came they crossed over to the other side but a “furious squall” came up. It must have been very big as seasoned fisherman find themselves in unfamiliar territory. They were afraid and the situation looked to them like it was out of control.
Jesus on the other hand was sleeping during all of this. This made the disciples think he does not care if they live or die. “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown” vs 38. Jesus’ response shows us he cares deeply and that even when things look like they are out of control, nothing in all of creation finds itself outside of Jesus’ control. With a word the “furious squall” becomes as calm as a windless night. The disciples fear of death turned into awe for Jesus. “Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him” vs 41. The right response to Jesus and who he is, is one of awe and trust. Just like Jesus called his disciples to do vs 40 “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Jesus wanted his disciples to see who he is, that he cared very much if they lived or died!
In Jesus’ kingdom life will not always be plain sailing. We will find times when things just look utterly out of control. The disciples had first-hand experience but Jesus still calls them trust Him. Let us turn to our Lord Jesus Christ in this time of uncertainty with awe and trust. Let us see who he is and what life in his kingdom is like and let us find our certainty in Him.
- Help us to trust Jesus in all situations
- Help us be in awe of Jesus the Lord
- Help us not to lose sight of his majesty and power