Jesus asks his friends a great question. And like most of his questions, commands, and instructions, they are for you and me today also. So when you read the question, recognize He’s asking you…
“Why are you afraid?”
Well, how did you respond? What came to mind?
Did the fear of raising good kids come to mind?
Perhaps you’re afraid of losing your job.
Could it be a failing economy that worries you most?
Maybe your health is failing and you’re terrified.
Is it possible that your constant worry is fitting in with the crowd? Being accepted?
Perhaps you worry about being good enough or finding yourself all alone.
We can all find something that haunts us. Storms. Spiders. Snakes.
What was it that scared the disciples? It was a storm. After sending away the crowd, Jesus instructed that they (Jesus and the disciples) go to the other side. While they were in the ship, there arose a great storm. The wind blew and the waves beat against the boat until it was filled with water.
While the disciples where expert fishermen, they became frightened after they had done all they knew to steady the boat.
Where was Jesus?
Asleep. (Does it seem to you that Jesus is always asleep when the storms of life hit you? Me, too.)
The disciples awoke Jesus and cried out, “Don’t you care if we die or not?” (I’ve asked that same question a time or two myself.)
Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said, “Peace, be still.” Instantly, the wind became calm. And Jesus asked His followers, “Why are you afraid? Why do you have no faith?”
Fearfully, the disciples replied. “What man is this that the wind and sea obey Him?” (Mark 4:35-40).
Now that’s a good question? “Who is this man who has authority over nature?”
Learning to fear less and have more faith in the man is what this study is all about. But before we move on, I want to point out three things we shouldn’t miss in this story.
1.) The storm didn’t wake Jesus but the cry of His disciples did. God hears you. He knows the fears you can’t even express to another.
2.) The disciples where trained seamen, and yet, they had to come to the end of their on resources before Christ stepped in.
3.) Peace is always in the storm with you. The secret lies in your trust.
When you and I learn to trust the man of Christ Jesus, we will fear less and live more abundantly.
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