Mark 4:38 Don’t You Care?

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Mark 4:38

The actions or inactions of people are often interpreted to show how much they care or don’t care for others. If a person does nothing at all when another is going through a hard time, it is usually interpreted as if he does not care.

With this type of automatic interpretation, it refuses to know or understand the reasoning behind the refusal to act in the situation. There may be greater knowledge known by the one who ‘could’ help, but does not.

Jesus and the disciples had gotten into a boat to go to the other side of the lake. Jesus then went to sleep. As a severe storm came, the disciples woke Him in fear wondering if He did not care for them.

God, being the creator of everything and in complete control, will often tell His follower to go forward into what appears to be dangerous and deadly. Walking with God will, at times, appear to be life threatening.

As finite, not really in control, human beings, many will be afraid when danger arises before them that threatens their life or well-being. Immediately many are like the disciples crying out to God, asking if He really cares about them. They often feel as if God has sent them forward to their death.

Believers need to know that when God sends them forward on a path, it is for a purpose. Most often, He will bring them through to the other side. If He does not, the reality is that they will arrive on the other side stepping into eternity in heaven.

God really does care and the believer is on the winning side every time. Walking with God, he cannot lose.

As you walk your journey with God, there will be times that danger is in the path. Trust that God knows about it and has a purpose for it. Trust that God will bring you through it in the best way for you.

Do not allow thoughts of questioning how much God cares for you to enter your mind, bringing on doubts and fear.

If God cared for you enough to send His Son to die for you, He will care for you enough to bring you through whatever is in your path He has you on.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God with all of your life; that you will trust God in dangerous situations; that you will continue to walk the path God has for you; and that you will know God’s presence in times of danger.

Nahum 1:7 A Safe Refuge

Safe place in mountains

The Lord is good, a refuge inn times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him, Nahum 1:7 

Throughout a person’s lifetime one will have times when he needs a safe place to retreat to. Children often have a place in their room or yard that they will go to when they are scared, or often they will run to their parent’s room for comfort.

Adults often turn to entertainment, drugs, alcohol, porn, food, or some activity when they are faced with times of trouble. They seek to be able to get away from the trouble, rather than face it.

Nahum tells the people that God is always good and is a safe refuge for in times of trouble. Nineveh had been coming against the people of Israel causing great trouble for them.

Every person will go through times of trouble and hardship. As they go through it most will seek ways of relief and comfort from the troubles. The ways most people seek relief are the ways of the world, which are temporary and often sinful. They do not give any true refuge.

Believers have one that they can always run to in times of trouble and find true refuge. It is God who they can run to. God has perfect love for every person, thus cares for every person in the most perfect way.

Knowing and understanding God’s love and care can give a person great peace when he turns to God for help as a refuge during times of trouble. As one trusts in and turns to God, he will realize that with God all these troubles are temporary and are also being used by God for a good purpose.

This peace is found in knowing and trusting God’s great love and care. It is believing that He is the best refuge in times of trouble.

As days come when you are going through tough times do not turn to the things and ways of this world. Run to God and seek His comfort and peace as a safe refuge. Trust that God will take care of you and meet every need you have.

Allow God to work in every situation to bring His glory and purpose into your life. As God is a refuge, give Him praise and let the world know what He is and has done in your life.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God as a safe refuge; that you will know the peace God can give; that you will know God’s comfort for you; and that you will trust God. 

Numbers 1:2 Counted As Family

People census

Take a census of the whole Israelite community by their clans and families, listing every man by name, one by one. Numbers 1:2

All around the world, nearly every nation does a regular count of how many people there are in the nation. Often this is done for the purpose of taxing the people. It can also to see changes in growth to plan the infrastructure for the future of the nation.

Most of the time, the census is taken for personal gain of the nation. It is not done for true care and concern for the people or even the individual.

While the Israelites were in the wilderness, God told Moses to take a census of every man with them. He was to list each man’s name, one by one, clan by clan and family by family. It was to be a very detailed listing of who was living in camp.

God knew the names of every person before Moses was to even begin the count. He also knew the number of people in the camp. Taking this census is one way God can show that He knows the name of every man and his family. As Moses counted the people, he would be able to tell them this information is for God. He wants to know each person by name. This was a physical showing that God knows their names.

Very often people think that God does not know who they are or where they are in life. They feel as if God has forgotten or ignored them. This becomes especially true when the person is going through a difficult time. Or they are praying for something and God does not seem to answer or hear.

There are times that every believer needs to be encouraged that God knows his name. He needs to be reminded that he is on God’s census list.

You may be at one of those times of struggle, wondering if God even knows your name. Rest assured that God does know your name. He is taking a census on a daily basis of who all of His children are and where they are. In fact, it is a constant census, every moment of the day.

God knows your name and is right there with you. As long as you believe in Jesus and follow Him, He will keep counting you as family.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know that God knows your name; that you will be a part of God’s eternal family; and that you will trust that God is always with you, even in the deserts of life.