Tidings for Tuesday

And He was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow, and they awake Him and say unto Him, Master, carest Thou not that we perish? Mark 4:38

A large ship was struggling through a severe storm that swept across the ocean. There was little the crew could do beyond making sure everything was fastened down. Most of the nervous passengers gathered fearfully in the ship’s lounge, and talked about their concerns for the ship’s safety. After awhile, they noticed one of the passengers stretched out on a cot in the corner, sound asleep. One of the other men approached him, shook him awake and asked him how he could be so calm in such a storm. The man replied that he was a Christian, and had committed his safety to the Lord. He told the others that the Bible declares that God never slumbers or sleeps, so there was no point in his losing sleep over something that was in the Lord’s hands. The account of Jesus sleeping through a Galilean storm is a perfect example of trusting God.

If the disciples had full confidence that Jesus was the Son of God, they would never have worried about the storm. They would also never have accused Him of not caring whether they perished. His sleeping should have given them perfect confidence that the storm could not harm them. But they were more aware of the height of the waves and the rising level of the bilge than they were of the power of the One asleep in the stern. The circumstances and the surroundings took so much of their attention that they became awash in fear as well as water. They were just like us so many times when the storms of life appear to threaten us.

We are human, so it is not easy for us to learn to trust and commit everything to the Lord. We see how big the problems are and forget how big our God is. We need to start with the little issues that arise every day, and practice committing those to the Lord. Such a practice teaches us to trust the Lord, and gives us greater confidence in His awareness of our lives and His care over us. Our faith will grow and so will our appreciation of our Lord. Few things in life are more important for us to learn than that.

Just think about it, does our Lord really care whether we perish? Of course He does; we are his children. He will always take care of us, regardless of the size of the storm, because He is greater than any storm. – Jim MacIntosh

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