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.

Isaiah 62:10 Raise The Banner

Christian flag

Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations. Isaiah 62:10 

Raising a banner is a sign of victory. The one who raises the banner is the one who has conquered and is in control.

Over the centuries of time nations have raised banners against other nations to gain control. Even in modern times, groups will raise banners of victory or to gain control. Many different groups and organizations have made their own banners to let the rest of the world know who they are. They are not ashamed of who they are and want the world to know it.

In this passage, Isaiah is giving a prophecy about the city of Jerusalem. The people are to go through the gates and build up the highway to the city. They are to raise a banner to the world, letting the world know Jerusalem will stand strong.

Although this passage is about Jerusalem, believers can also raise a banner. The banner that they are raising is one of Jesus. It is a sign showing who Jesus is and the victory over sin and death that He has brought about.

The goal of Jesus when He walked on the earth was to reach the lost. As He left, He passed that goal on to His disciples,. who passed it on down through the generations of all believers.

Nations and people are dying in sin because they do not know about Jesus and the salvation He provides. The path to God has been laid out by Jesus. The believers must show the world that path. Believers can walk into the enemies territory and raise His banner up in victory, taking back lost souls to God.

Every where that you go, there will be some who do not know Jesus. Most often the places that you will go will be in the enemies territory–this dark and dying world. You have a banner to raise up. You have the information that the world needs to know.

The banner you raise up is Jesus. The world needs to know Jesus and the salvation He provides. Doing this can take back nations and the territories that Satan has taken. Jesus has already provided the victory over sin and death.

Now it is your turn to raise up the banner and claim that victory!

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will let the world know about Jesus; that you will walk in the victory Jesus has given; and that you will raise the banner of Jesus for the world to see.