Cowards on Board

12 02 2008

When you read through the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John), sometimes you come to a story that just baffles you. Like this morning! I’ve been reading my way through the life of Jesus according to Mark. Jesus had just finished teaching another large crowd. He did it from a BOAT! Jesus was awesome! Joel Osteen has nothing on Jesus! He inspires in an arena, Jesus is a man’s man and taught from a boat! Anyway! As the story goes, Jesus finished teaching and instead of going back to shore where the crowd was, He wanted to go to the other side of the lake to get out of the boat. While crossing the lake, Jesus fell asleep and a bad storm came up. I grew up in Southeast Texas, on the coast. I know exactly how it is when a storm out of nowhere just shows up! It can ruin a day if you’re not prepared. This storm seemingly came out of nowhere, and it scared the diciples to death! The scripture tells us that they went to Jesus and woke Him up saying, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”

They ran to the One who they believed could help them. This totally reminds me of my dog that I had growing up.  I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that my dog liked me, and if dogs have the capacity for love then he loved me. However, when he got hurt or was afraid he without fail tucked his tail and ran to my mom. He believed that she was the one that could take care of him. That could make him stop hurting or make the scary situation go away. The reason he felt that way was because she spent time with him. She held him as a baby and did all the little things all his life to earn his trust. The disciples had been walking with Jesus and had come to believe that He had their best interest in mind. Jesus woke up, calmed the storm, and then set His sights on the disciples.

The scripture tells us that He rebuked them for their lack of faith. He called them cowards, and said “Have you still no faith?” It’s almost as if Jesus was saying, “after all this time together, after hearing me teach you over and over, and after you’ve seen the miracles that I’ve done you still don’t have faith?”  Unfortunately the disciples still didn’t get it, Mark tells us they said, “Who then is this,cowardly-lion.jpg that even wind and sea obey Him?” What is your fear in life right now? What is your storm that is threatening you? The jacked up thing in all of this is that the disciples actually ran to Jesus when they were afraid, but the scripture tells us that they were shocked that He did something about the situation.

I don’t think that the point of this story is that we shouldn’t be afraid in life. I think there is something called “healthy fear.” I think that the message in this story is that amidst all the chaos that is this world, Jesus is still on the throne. He is still in charge. I think back to the beginning of the Great Commission where it is recorded that Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” There are times in life that we are to be afraid, but all the time we should remember that God is in control and can bring peace to the cowards.


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7 07 2008
Rhonda

I enjoyed this devotion. Thanks for sharing!

Rhonda

13 12 2008
Rhonda

Love your devotion. Enjoyed it alot thanks for sharing

Rhonda Ouwenga

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