Who’s in the boat?

The Boat

Mark 4:35-41  On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.”  (36)  And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him.  (37)  And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling.  (38)  But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (39)  And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  (40)  He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”  (41)  And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”

I would like for you to notice first of all that Jesus is the one that told them to get into the boat. This is crucial because the storm that forms in the disciple’s life is to no surprise to Jesus. When the boat began to fill with water as the storm raged upon them they began to fear for their lives. The disciples must have had a moment of memory lapse because they must have forgotten that Jesus was with them. The disciples could not remember what David had written in Psalms 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Did the disciples have such memory problems so as to forget that Jesus is the one that had just healed Peter’s mother-in-law, many people in the crowd, the paralytic lowered through the roof, and the man with a withered hand? Or maybe they didn’t think that Jesus had enough power to calm the storm. I wonder why we fret so much when we go through our troubles and trials. Why do we think that God has forsaken us? Do we not know who is walking with us? We must understand that the creator of the universe is either walking with us or carrying us through our problems. Why are we so fearful? Why do we have such little faith? Do we doubt His power? Do we doubt His love? It matters not what storm we are going through but only that Jesus is walking with us. Instead of us getting terrified at the storm we should allow the power of God to work in the midst of our situations. We just need to keep seeking the presence of our Lord and allow Him to work His wonderful will in our life. Just allow Jesus to speak to your life and say, “Peace be still”. Do you trust Him?

Blessings,

Marcus Riggs

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2 thoughts on “Who’s in the boat?

  1. Ah, but here’s the rub as it were. You rightly comment, “It matters not what storm we are going through but only that Jesus is walking with us. Instead of us getting terrified at the storm we should allow the power of God to work in the midst of our situations. We just need to keep seeking the presence of our Lord and allow Him to work His wonderful will in our life”; however, I think we are fearful because we don’t want whatever the Lord is doing in our lives through the storm to inconvenience us or disrupt our otherwise “comfortable” lives. We prefer comfort and the absence of suffering to the transformation that Jesus wants to accomplish in us though suffering.

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