This is what God gave me today in His word:
And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 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 4:36-41)
A storm came on them; the boat started filling with water. The disciples no doubt thought there was a possibility that they may die. So, because of their fear, they cry out to Jesus! Yet… He rebukes them for doing so. Saying, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” But wait, I thought we were supposed to run to Jesus; our strong tower, our shelter, and our defender! Why is Jesus rebuking His disciples for doing just that (running to Him when they were afraid)?
Because dying shouldn’t have worried them. God is all-powerful (something we can see clearly in that He rebuked the wind and the waves), He created life, it’d be no trouble for Him to Resurrect a couple of drowned sailors. But the disciples didn’t have faith that God, or even Jesus, would do that. More than that though, they didn’t have faith that Jesus would keep them safe in the storm. Yes, He was sleeping, but we can well assume that even while His body slept, He, as He’s all-knowing, knew what was happening around Him. In fact, He knew what was happening all over the World at that moment, had happened, and was going to happen. He likely wouldn’t have let anything actually happen to them. But, as was afore-mentioned, they didn’t have faith that He could do any of that.
But what about us? What do we do when a storm comes on us? What do we do when our car crashes, or when our dog dies suddenly, or when someone robs us blind while we’re away? … It makes the disciples lack of faith seem a little more reasonable. But, the reality is that God wont let us drown. Rather in like temptation, He’ll always make a way out.
Yes, Christ is shield. Yes, He’s our defender, and yes, He’s our strong tower. But we still have to have faith! We have to put ourselves in the tower, before we’re safe; we’ve got to have the faith that the tower will protect us, before we go in.
The point being this: faith is vital. When hard times come, and they will, it’s important to always know that they’re for a purpose, and will end at some point. As the saying goes, “If it doesn’t kill you, it’ll make you stronger.”
You are Loved!