August 9, 2018
Mark 4:38… 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?”
Verse 39… And he woke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace, be still.” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
Verse 40… He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
Have you experienced a time when you were sure you were being obedient to God, but things went wrong? 34 years ago, I moved from Spokane, Washington, to Eugene, Oregon. I knew that God had ordained the move and I lived with that confidence. Imagine my surprise when the rentals I owned in Spokane and the new house I had just built didn’t sell easily. We struggled financially for a number of years while things got sorted out. Eventually, it was all just a memory and everything was fine, but for the first year it seemed like the story I wrote at the top of this page. Jesus told the disciples, “Let’s go to the other side of this lake.” He got in the boat and they got in with Him. They navigated the boat to the other side of the lake. They were obedient. But, a storm came up. They woke Him and notice what He said to them, “Are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” In His challenge, Jesus contrasted faith and fear.
Just because you are obedient does not automatically assure you are changed into some faith-filled powerhouse. There are many layers to our relationship with Jesus. Once again, I am sensing an exhortation to trust Him. That message has been enumerated so many times lately. What I am noticing is that He will settle for nothing short of complete trust. I tend to want to point back at something I did right and hope He will now bless me. He says, in essence, “Yeah, you were an obedient servant that day, but this is a new day… are you still an obedient servant or are you now an entitled employee. It seems that the mistake of the disciples was that they were afraid. They feared the weather and did not trust the power of God. Have you ever experienced fear regarding a situation? What are you afraid of? Usually, we fear an uncomfortable outcome. The disciples feared death. That is a common fear of worldlings. Even in obedience we must learn to trust Him… always.