Tuesday, April 9, 2013

“Do you not care that we are perishing!?”

How frequently do I panic.

I’m tired, a day hasn’t gone well, the children are fussy, I have a fight with my husband - and I panic! God, don’t you care? 

His response - “Peace! Be still!” to the wind and the waves. 

And even the wind and sea obey him! (v. 41.) How amazing, how incredible - how revealing! 

And my panic is meaningless... no, not meaningless, because he cares - but rather, moot - a purely academic debate. He, who calms the storm, has control over my life and has allowed these tempests in my life for His sovereign purpose. 

This, is what faith in God looks like. This, is what sanctification is made up of. Tempest and trusting, child-like, in His grace. 

And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?" Mark 4: 36-31