Do You Not Care?

Do You Not Care?

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (Mk 4:37-39)

In this passage from the Scriptures, the companions of Jesus ask Him, “Don’t You care that we’re in danger of dying?”  Is it ever possible for God to NOT care about His sheep?  Decidedly NO—it is not possible!

Here are just several passages from the Bible to demonstrate my point.

Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you.  (Deu 3:22 NIV)  God fights for you.

And the Lord, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.  (Deu 31:8)  The Lord never leaves you; don’t be fearful.

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?  (Ps 27:1)  The Lord will light our way and give us strength.

But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.  (Lk 12:7)  God not only loves us but He also values us highly.

So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.  What can man do to me?”  (Heb 13:6)  We may boldly declare that “God is my helper.”

In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  (1 Joh 4:9-10)  God loved us first, and gave us His salvation.

Our salvation was designed by God the Father and paid for by Jesus Christ, our Savior.  What more proof do we need that God cares for us always, at all times, and in all circumstances? We are the objects of the unconditional and unending love of God.  Hallelujah!

Peace! Be Still

Peace! Be Still

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”  41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”  (Mk 4:37-41)

In this Scriptural account, you’ll notice three things.

  1. Jesus was asleep in the boat, having been tired from His previous ministry to the people. This exhibits Jesus’ humanity.
  2. Jesus’ followers awoke Him out of fear for their safety. Despite their fear, they called upon Him to save them.  Their response—calling upon Jesus—was the best thing for them to do.
  3. Jesus reproached their small amount of faith, but then performed a miracle in order to increase their faith.  This reveals His power and authority.

Jesus’ disciples knew enough about Jesus to expect Him to save them from this perilous situation, but not enough to understand His authority.  After Jesus rebuked the wind, they became fearful, and wondered at His identity.  How perplexing it is to me that they were fearful, rather than joyously thankful . . .

We have the benefit of not needing to wonder about Jesus!  We know that He is the Savior of the world. (Jo 4:42)  Helping power, in any crisis, is both present and active in Jesus.  He will bring peace and calm to our every situation when we cry out to Him for help.

Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes.  (Mk 5:1)  This verse demonstrates that the boat arrived safety at its destination.

Jesus had authority over the elements of nature. He is King, not only of people, but over all of the forces of nature, as well.  This should strengthen our faith and confidence in Him and in His Word.  Trust Jesus to bring peace and calm to your circumstances.