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?” Mark 4:38 NKJV
Jesus and the disciples were in a boat crossing to the other side of the sea. Jesus was sleeping. Waves began to beat against the boat. It was filling with water. The disciples became fearful. They woke Jesus saying, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Jesus arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” The wind ceased and there was a great calm.
The disciples were experienced fishermen. Why were they so fearful? They spent years fishing these same waters. They had been in these kinds of windstorms before. Jesus was with them. Perhaps they did not yet fully understand that Jesus is God.
Maybe they had an intellectual understanding of Jesus’s divinity. They had after all left everything behind to follow Him. Maybe Jesus sleeping at such a time added to their anxiety.
When Jesus walked the earth He was fully God and fully man. In His humanity he had needs. He needed to eat and sleep.
Jesus was not surprised by the windstorm. He took a nap knowing exactly what would happen. He was not surprised when the disciples became fearful. He knew them.
Jesus used the storm to reveal His divinity. He used the storm to demonstrate His authority over creation. He used the storm to show His disciples they had nothing to fear when He was with them.
Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father today. He never sleeps. We have nothing to fear when He is with us. He is with us today!
You will experience times of trial and testing. There may be times when you feel as though you are perishing. The Lord wants you to know He is always concerned with your safety. The Lord never stops thinking about you. You are always on His mind!
Jesus wants you to remember Him!
Jesus wants you to remember His love for you is not impersonal. He does not just love people in general. He does not just care about the human race. He loves you! He wants you to love Him! He cares about your life! He wants to live His life through you!
Jesus will be with you through the storms of life. He will be with you when the wind howls and the seas roar. He will also be with when your life is calm and quiet.
You have nothing to fear. The Great Shepherd is watching over His flock today. He is watching over you!
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