Smooth Sailing

July 7th 2015

Look at the story of Jesus and his disciples in Mark 4: 35-41. They were in a boat going to the other side of the Sea of Galilee when all of a sudden a huge storm was upon them. Waves were crashing over the sides of the boat and it was starting to fill up with water.

dark cloudy stormy sky with clouds and waves in the sea

The disciples were freaking out—wouldn’t you?—but there was Jesus, sleeping soundly as everyone and everything around Him was in crisis mode.

 

They managed to awaken him, and then He speaks to the waves and the wind to be still… and they were. Everything—and everyone—calmed down.

Two Lessons

  1. One of the first things that people think when they are hit by trouble is that God doesn’t care. After they awakened Jesus, the disciples asked Him, “…do You not care that we are perishing?”

When I was going through a particularly difficult time, I actually said to God: “Are the blinds pulled down over my life? Is that why you’re not doing anything, because if You knew what was happening, surely You would have done something by now!”

 

Questioning God’s care and love for us comes from a heart that hasn’t yet been fully convinced of the love of God. When I know that I am loved, I can trust Him no matter what storms blow into my life.

  1. Sometimes we think that if we’re very careful, have no unconfessed sin, and try not to make any mistakes as we move along in life, then every part of our journey will be smooth sailing. If something is difficult, or if the way gets rough, we assume we did something wrong or we made a mistake in hearing His voice.

Look at verse 35 and you’ll see that it was Jesus Himself who told them to get into the boat.  Let me say that again: It was Jesus who directed them to get into the boat, but a storm still came. That’s very reassuring to me and it takes a lot of pressure off to know that difficulties can come even when I hear Him clearly about a decision I need to make.

That’s the kind of Captain we have. He’s full of love, care, and power, and He’s with us through every paddle along the way.

 

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