Jesus, Don’t You Care?

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.

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8 Responses to Jesus, Don’t You Care?

  1. larrykemp says:

    I am so appreciative of the way you let God use you. My life is better, my strength greater, and my Faith is stronger because you write this Blog.
    Another part of this speaks to me “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” It helps me to realize that these disciples, these pillars of the first Church faced doubt and fear also. Prayer has changed my life, and is changing my life every day. Oh don’t get me wrong, I know I have a long way to go, but I also know that it’s a journey, and I know that Jesus is there walking with me.

    • Julie brown says:

      Doubt and fear have little place, when you open your heart entirely. We as people complicate things, in any moment of weakness we are to take up our armor. That’s when we need worship the most, and the love of a church. Love God, love others and offer them Christ.

  2. Julie brown says:

    We miss you. Hoping you are OK. Praying for you daily. We are all sinners, faulted people. It is our relationship with the savior Jesus that makes us whole hearted.

  3. Mary Charles Blair says:

    Ps 31 and this passage in Mark are so, so true. I have experienced both the lying tongues and storms of life and God have never left me. Through these rough times in life, it isn’t just that He is with us, it is that the Holy Spirit is within us to comfort, guide and teach us.

  4. Eric Marshall says:

    This reminds me of the poem “Foot prints in the sand”

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