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.
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.