Scripture: Mark 4:35 On that day, when evening had come, (Jesus) said to (his disciples), “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. 37 A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Observation: Mark uses this story to illustrate Jesus’ power as the Son of God. His authority encompasses the natural world, even the elements.
Application: What do you mean “Why are you afraid?” Oh I don’t know, maybe because they’re in a violent storm and the boat’s taking on water?! Anyway, the disciples rebuked Jesus (Do you not care…?), then Jesus rebuked the storm (Peace, be still!). Interesting…but not what catches my attention this morning.
These guys thought they were going for a nice boat ride, only to find themselves in a storm they never saw coming. This kind of thing happens ALL THE TIME when we commit to follow Jesus. Some challenges we can anticipate, but many we cannot. And when we find ourselves overwhelmed, and we inevitably will, we can cry out to Jesus – who hears and responds to our need.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, come to our aid when we’re afraid. Amen.