Reflecting on God’s Word . . .

Mark 4:35-41 NLT
[35] As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” [36] So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). [37] But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. [38] Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” [39] When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. [40] Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” [41] The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “Even the wind and waves obey him!”

Reflection . . .

“Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

How many times have we responded to the Lord with those or similar words, or that kind of attitude? It’s a natural response. They knew he could do something being the person he claimed to be and the miracles they saw him do! He was the Messiah!

When they saw what He did, they were terrified, asking, “Who is this man?”

Jesus’ response in vs. 40 is amazing. He puts fear and faith in contrast. If we have fear, where is our faith? So many times in the Bible we read, “Fear not!” It’s our fear that gets in the way of so many things and fear is what keeps us from having great faith, great faith in the Lord!

What do you fear today? Place that fear in the Lord’s care and have faith that He will turn things into something amazing!