The Panic of the Sailors (Mark 4:38)
Mark 4:38, And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
Several of the disciples were veteran boatsmen who had fished this lake for years. They had grown up on its banks, its shore had been their boyhood playground, and they knew its every curve and current. These men were skillful with oars and sails. Perhaps they thought that this was their jurisdiction. That Jesus could rest for a while and leave the sailing to them. Too often we do this. We feel as if we can handle life’s storms on our own.
When this storm came, it came suddenly and hit them severely. Although some of the disciples were experienced fishermen they were prepared for this storm. This is one storm that brought the disciples fear to the point of panic. Next, we see that they had no hesitation. They woke him up. “Carest thou not that we perish?” they asked. Isn‘t it strange that we wait until we’re in danger to talk to Him, to share our concerns with Him? But at least they knew where to turn. “Master, Master, don’t you care that we perish?”. We read in I Peter 5:7, Peter encourages us to put all of our trust in Him for He cares for us.
It has been said that this is the most ridiculous question in the Bible. Imagine, the disciples questioning if Jesus cared for them. Have you ever said that to Jesus? “Lord, don’t you care? Aren’t you concerned? Don’t you know?” Perhaps you can identify with the disciples. They believed they were all going under and, of all things, Jesus was asleep. “Don’t just lie there, Jesus. Do something.” Mark 4:40, “And He said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? Had He not said, “Let’s pass over to the other side”? Faith is taking Jesus at His Word. It’s not enough just to read your Bible; you must claim the promises of the Word of God and make them your own. You don’t have to be afraid when Jesus is on board. There is One who has power to calm the storms that come up in your life. Don’t you think for a second that a storm is a problem for the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are in a daily routine, but when it seems things are about to get out of control then we call upon the Lord for deliverance. The Lord asked His disciples why they had no faith in Him. D. L. Moody once met a man who told him that he could not trust him. Mr. Moody was very blunt with him. He said, “Young man, whom can’t you trust?” It is an insult to tell someone we cannot trust him. How much more serious it is to say that we cannot trust God. Why could you not trust Me—Me?’ He asks the same question of us all. And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (Mark 4:41) They now transferred their fear from the storm to the Saviour. If people knew the Almighty power of God people would fear Him!
PRAYER: I thank You that You are the God of the impossible. You can do anything. I have nothing to fear with You on my side. I want to trust in Your ability and not my own. Teach me to see difficulties in my life from Your perspective. Help me to focus on You and Your power. Help me to be strong and courageous even in the difficult times. I choose to have faith in Your ability to break through every obstacle in my life. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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