And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 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?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” —Mark 4:37-41

            Do we truly understand Who Jesus is?  If we do, then we know that He is Sovereign over everything, that is, He is ultimately in control of everything.  “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13).  Not only does He know everything about everything, but “I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).  Do you really believe this?

            The disciples still did not fully understand who Jesus is.  There Jesus is, sleeping on a cushion in the stern of the boat.  Meanwhile, because of the storm, waves were breaking into the boat.  That had to be a “great windstorm” for the waves to be doing that.  Try to put yourself in their situation or have you been in a situation like that where waves were breaking into the boat?  I have and we had to bail water to keep us from sinking while our boat was disabled and until we were rescued.  It was a very concerning situation and that is what the disciples found themselves in.  So concerning that when they woke Jesus up they said to Him— “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”  That says much with Jesus in the boat with them!  Did they really think that Jesus was going to perish in a storm with them?  Apparently so!

            Jesus stilled the storm and the water went from waves breaking into the boat to “a great calm.”  Then Jesus asked His disciples this question.  It is a good question we can ask ourselves when we are in a storm and begin to question God— “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”  Do we trust, believe and have faith in God only while life is calm?  Or will we be fearless in the midst of a storm because of our trust, belief and having faith in Him?  What will it be?  What is it now?

Dear Father I trust Your Sovereign will even when I don’t understand.  Who am I to question Your plans and purposes.  You have revealed Yourself to be Wisdom, Compassion, Faithful Always Caring, Concerned and Always Doing What is Right in this fallen world.  I will seek to trust You always and may it be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son and my Lord, Jesus.  So be it!

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