Mark 4:37-40 (KJV)
37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
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?
39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?
The disciples had personally witnessed Jesus demonstrate compassion, caring and love toward distressed and hurting people. They were with him when he performed lifesaving miracles of healing and deliverance – demonstrating divine power that had never been seen before or since. But when the disciples experienced a great storm and their ship began to fill with water, they feared for their lives and their safety and became doubtful although they had Jesus on board their ship.
The disciples had the Faith advantage of seeing with their own eyes the miracles of Jesus. Yet, when faced with the threat of death, they panicked, became afraid and asked the LORD if He even cared that they were perishing.
When we find ourselves in the middle of a violent, dangerous and life-threatening situation, it is human nature to be afraid. Even as born again Christians who are endowed with the power of the Holy Ghost, we can become frightened in the face of danger and begin to question whether or not God cares about us.
No one alive today has ever seen a real miracle performed personally by Jesus. But Jesus said to Thomas in John 20 that “Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”
In this life, we will have tribulations that will cause us to wonder if God cares. Most of us have had several occasions to doubt if God hears our cries for help or cares that we are drowning in trouble and threatened with destruction.
During the vicissitudes of life, every Christian experiences doubts, fears and feelings of abandonment at one point or the other. This is just human nature.
However, the challenge of every Christian is to remember that God is with us and that there is no storm too violent or threatening for him that he can’t bring us through safely. We are challenged to awaken our Faith in Christ Jesus and Trust the Christ in each of us to speak to our threatening circumstances – rebuking the cause of our doubts and fears and rewarding our Faith in Him with a peace and calm that surpasses understanding.
And although we may be in a world of trouble, we have someone on the inside working on the outside for our good.
The Word of God says that “Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world.”
We who have never seen Christ Jesus personally perform any miracles are counted more blessed when we believe God for our deliverance than those disciple who witnessed the miracles of Christ yet questioned if he cared about them.
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. (Psalm 34:15-19)
“LIFE HURTS BUT GOD HEALS!”
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