The passage for today is Mark 4:35-41. You can read this passage online or on your phone by following along with The Essential Jesus reading plan on bible.com, or you can read it in your physical Bible. Take a few minutes to read Mark 4:35-41 carefully, inviting the Holy Spirit to speak to you as you read.
What did you see in the text? What is the main point being communicated? Here are some of the things that I saw.
Jesus and his disciples are out on the Sea of Galilee when a huge storm comes up out of nowhere. It was so bad that the disciples, some of whom were seasoned fishermen, feared for their lives. But it wasn’t bad enough to wake Jesus up from his nap! They had to wake him up themselves, and when they did they complained to him, “Don’t you care if we drown?” Within their complaint is an accusation: You don’t care if we drown. The disciples were so afraid that they doubted that Jesus loved them and cared about them.
Jesus responded to their complaint by silencing the storm. Then he turned to them and rebuked their fear and lack of faith. They should not have allowed the storm to create doubt in their hearts. Their circumstances were difficult, but they were not stronger than Jesus, and they did not negate his care for them.
Life gets hard for all of us. The storm on Galilee serves as an apt metaphor for the difficult circumstances of our lives. Do not let the storms of your life to cast doubt on God’s care and love for you. He does care for you, and he can get you through this storm. Even the winds and waves obey him. There is nothing the is beyond the power of God!
Jesus, when the storms of life seem to overwhelm me, comfort me by your strength and presence. You are stronger than anything that assails me. I trust in you and your strength. Amen.