And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? ~Mark 4:38
One of the great promises of the Bible is found in 1 Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon him: for he careth for you.” Peter and the other disciples were on that little ship going to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. They encountered a storm that was so violent that the water filled the little ship, and they felt like they were going to sink and perish. There was an incredible amount of fear in the hearts of these twelve new disciples. Out of fear for their lives, they came abruptly to Him and rudely asked, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” The answer to this is, “Yes, Jesus cares!”
We see Jesus and His company.
“And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.” Jesus was with them on that little ship. Jesus is the ultimate Companion with us in our journey. He is a Companion Who never complains. His company gives us peace. His company gives us assurance that all is well. He is never anywhere we cannot find Him. As long as Jesus is in the ship, we will make it to the other side. Whether it is routine or new, it is a comfort to know that Jesus is with us.
We see Jesus in our crisis.
“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.” The storm they encountered is a picture of crisis in our lives. It was unexpected and sudden. It was a great storm of wind. Crises blow into our souls and make us unsteady. It makes us uncomfortable and overcome with fear. They had a sinking feeling. In spite of all of this, Jesus was there with them in this crisis. Jesus is there with us in our crisis as well.
We see Jesus and His control.
“And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow.” The disciples thought they were going to perish. This crisis compelled them to approach Jesus with urgency. They asked, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” Jesus was completely in control. He is Creator God. He was in control of the wind, the waves, the water, and their whereabouts. He was in control of their safety and their sanity. He said, “Peace, be still,” and the wind ceased and there was a great calm. They went from a great storm of wind to a great calm. Jesus was in control! No situation that enters into our life is ever out of His control.
We see Jesus and His correction.
“And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” This is a lesson for us that our fellowship with Jesus should be so close to Him that our fears are in submission to His authority. When Jesus is with you, why should we be so fearful? This is also a lesson concerning our faith. Faith is tested and stretched at unexpected times of crisis and trial. Without these trials, we will never learn to appropriate real faith in Him. Jesus had to correct these disciples in understanding that He cares for us at all times. We must have faith in Him at all times and never allow our fears to get the best of us.
He cares for you! He cares for us in our faith, fellowship, and family. They asked, “What manner of man is this?” He is the God Man! He is the Son of God with healing in His wings! He is the great God and our Saviour! He is Jesus, Who never leaves us nor forsakes us.
Have a trust-filled God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Romans 11-13