Updated: May 10, 2022
This morning as I was reading a devotional, I was reminded of God's truth. As I was reading Mark 4, I realized how much my trust in God is deteriorating. It saddened me. This happen when I wander away. Sometimes I think my full trust is in Him, but my actions, my words, what is in my heart say otherwise. It looks just like the disciples with Jesus in their boat.
Mark 4:35-38, 35 On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 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?”
This is a picture of Jesus being in the same boat as them, yet they panicked. When I think about it, if Jesus is in the same boat as you, you would think there would not be any worry even if the boat was sinking. But they panicked.
I look at my life and I see the same reality. I know I have placed my life in Christ, I know I have a relationship with God, I know what it is to trust him, yet I panic. I panic when life shake me around a little too hard. I panic when I feel like water is coming into my boat, I panic when I feel like my boat might sink. I panic when I can't seem to figure it out. I panic when I feel powerless. I panic! I panic because I forget one thing. God remains the same through it all. Jesus remains the same. The Holy Spirit still have the same power when I panic. Just because I panic doesn't make God go away. He is still there with the same power; my heart is just too clouded to see that Jesus is in my boat. Even if Jesus was sleeping in the boat, his presence was their assurance. But, they did not see that just like I haven't for the past couple of months. The truth about God is: even in the moment that we lack faith and we cry out to him, he will hear us and come to our aid.
Mark 4:39-41, 39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
Are you fearful? Do you feel like your boat is sinking? Do you feel like the wind is a little too hard on your side?
I answered yes to all of these questions earlier. But, I realized that my heart has been wandering away, and I have been worrying while forgetting that God is in control. My strong reminder for today is "God has a plan, he is in my boat and I only need to be still."
Matthew 6:27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
The answer to this question is No!
Let us bring all our worries, fears, doubts, anxieties, questions, frustrations, and wandering hearts to the person who can add and take away hours to life, the one who is in control, the one who saves and is able to satisfy the void that our hearts long for, Our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
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