Friday, August 2, 2013

Day four Casper Serve

What Are You Afraid Of?
Mar 4:39-41  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.  (40)  He said to them, "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?"  (41)  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?"

The context of this passage takes us to the disciples of Jesus with Jesus in a boat and afraid for their lives in a horrible "man swallowing" storm.  These disciples were no hacks, some of them were fisherman and had been raised on the sea.  They had seems storms like this one, they had lost friends to storms like this one.  They were afraid that they might be the next statistic; "How many has the sea taken this year?" 

Though the boat was heaving and tossing, Jesus was asleep in the stern.  The disciples (like we often do amidst the storms of life) mistake Jesus apparent lack of involvement for a lack of care.  Yet it wasn't that Jesus was uncaring it is that he was unafraid. He stood and spoke and the storm ceased!  Read that last sentence again...seriously. 

Jesus called the disciples away from fear and to faith.  Despite this call, the next thing we read is that the disciples remain in fear.  In fact, they are filled with fear.  Now they are afraid of the man who stood and spoke and the storm ceased.  What manner of man or who then is this that even the wind and sea obey him. They got in that moment a glimpse of Jesus divinity.  In other words they realized they were riding in a boat with God.  They were afraid because God is holy and we are not.  Jesus had come to save them from storms and from sin.

Today consider the Lords hand in your own life.  Are you trusting him in the midst of your circumstances and trying situations?  Have you trusted him to save you from your sins? As you pause for prayer, consider how big God really is.

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