Daily Readings: Psalm 31; Isaiah 45:18-25; Mark 4:35-41
Mark 4:35 – That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (NIV)
On January 11th, the name of my blog post was, “Ask Jesus To Get Into The Boat.” The reading was from John 6. In that passage, the disciples crossed the sea without waiting for Jesus. After the a storm arose, and after Jesus came towards them on the water, John 6:21 states: “Then they were willing to take him into the boat.” I wrote that we must be willing to take Jesus along, and when we don’t, we often face unnecessary trials. In today’s reading, the disciples do take Jesus into the boat, and troubles still come!
There are two lessons from today’s reading that I would like to share. First, a relationship with Jesus is not a magic formula that causes all of our problems to disappear. Remember, God goes with us through the storms (see January 21st post, Through It All). Troubles will come, but God is with us.
The second lesson is this – even when we invite Jesus into our lives, we don’t always rely of Jesus’ presence. We might pray for God’s guidance in the morning, but when the storms of life confront us in the afternoon, how quickly do we forget our morning prayers? Like the disciples who had Jesus in the boat, how quick are we to ask, “Jesus, don’t you care?” Jesus does care. Troubles will come. Let us be quick to remember the one who told us that he would be with us always, even until the end of the age. The age has not ended, Jesus is still with us!
Today, let us not waste time when troubles come. Let us quickly turn to Jesus in prayer.