One day at the Sea of Galilee, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us cross over to the other side” (Mark 4:35 NKJV).
As they were making their way across, a huge storm came out of nowhere, which was a common occurrence on this large freshwater lake. The seasoned sailors were terrified as hurricane force winds hit and the boat filled with water.
Despite the bad weather, Jesus managed to sleep through it. But the disciples could no longer contain themselves.
Don’t you care?
So they woke up Jesus, saying, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” (v. 38) That is really a bit accusational, but it’s the way they felt.
They were saying, essentially, “Lord, are You even aware of what we are facing right now?”
“Why are You allowing this?”
As I have said, it’s fine to ask why as long as you don’t expect an answer. Better to cry out in anguish to God than to turn from Him in anger.
Jesus rebuked them and the storm
Jesus woke up and rebuked the storm, but then He dealt with them too, asking them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (v. 40) Or literally, “Why are you such timid, fearful ones?”
Jesus was saying, “Boys, haven’t you learned anything here?”
You see, Jesus said, “Let’s cross over to the other side!” He did not say, “Let’s go drown in the middle of the Sea of Galilee!”
He did not promise smooth sailing, but He did promise a safe passage.
Listen, it’s better to be in a storm with Jesus than anywhere else without Him.
Or in a fiery furnace–just ask Shadrach, Meschach, and Abednego.
Or in a lion’s den–just ask Daniel.
Or in a prison–just ask Peter.
Or in a storm again or even shipwrecked–just ask Paul.
This weekend in Chicago
This weekend, James McDonald and I are swapping pulpits!
James is speaking at Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, and I am speaking at Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago.
I will be showing my autobiographical film, Lost Boy: The Next Chapter, and speaking after.
So, if you or anyone you know is in the Chicago area, please come and join us. For more info on that, click here.
Thursday nights in Orange County
The new Bible study that I will be doing in the O.C. in Southern California is coming soon. It all starts on March 12.
We are building a Web site for it, but for now, click here for more info.
This and that
This weekend, I did an article at WorldNetDaily called, “Are You Almost Christian?” To read that, click here.
Also, to read my long-form weekend devotion, click here.