Have you ever been afraid? I mean really afraid! Have you ever been the one that everyone else looked to as the most experienced person in the room and that you had a valid response to what was going on because of your experience in so many situations…But you were still really afraid??
Mark 4: 35 thru 41 give an example of what I mean:
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 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?”
These fishermen were seasoned. They knew their boat and the water very well. Yet their fear was valid. Look at verse 37… This was a great windstorm waves breaking into the boat until it was nearly swamped. I would imagine that these fishermen had seen storms before. They had devoted their lives to fishing and being on the water and could recognize danger when they saw it. They were genuinely afraid. I picture the fishermen scrambling around a boat being tossed to and fro. They are hanging on with a tight grip while they watch more and more water come into the boat. In the midst of this chaos… there is Jesus caught up in a deep sleep. Jesus was the least experienced sea farer in the boat, yet He was totally calm in the midst of real danger all around.
Even the most experienced among us can be rattled when things in our world get really difficult. Jesus is still there… Jesus is calm and serene while the world is in chaos all around. Our view of Jesus during the most difficult times should be one that recognizes Him to be God over all. He reigns during the best of times and during the worst of times. Let us NOT be defined by fear in what goes on in our world. Let us instead be defined by our FAITH in the Almighty God. Our Hope for these days and for every day should be in nothing less….
Rev. Gordon Ogle