I was reminded of a passage of Scripture today as I was teaching. It is a passage that many people know and usually equate with the power that Christ had. However, so much more can be gleaned from this particular passage. To me it is one of not only the power that Christ has, but also that of Faith on the part of the disciples (and myself).
Mark 4:35-41 (ESV) On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 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?”
How often does God call me to something and in the midst of it, I look around and then ask God… “What are you doing? I am drowning here.” My doubt and fears rise and I do not trust that God is in control. Yet, He is there the entire time. He’s not worried, He’s got whatever it is under control. However, that does not mean it will not be hard. Just like in this situation, He told the disciples they were going to the other side, but during the night the storm came and waves were engulfing the boat. So it was scary, but that did not mean it would not be ok. It is also important to realize that when God calls us to something, the outcome may not be the outcome we envision. But know that God has our best interest and He is in control.
Life itself can be scary at times. There are so many things in the world that come at us daily. People are diagnosed with cancer, family members die, people lose jobs, and the list goes on. I cannot imagine going through the tough stuff in life without faith, even a little bit of faith. I love the verse in Matthew that talks about that even just a little bit of faith can do big things!
Matthew 17:20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Even with faith, doubt can creep in, so if no faith were present, the how much more doubt and hopelessness would be there? The peace that comes with the assurance of having Christ is priceless.
Faith is a daily thing. It has to start somewhere, and it grows over time. In my personal life, there are days my faith is strong, and then days that it is not. On this journey it is important to remember that even through the storms, even when there is doubt, having that relationship with Him and just a little bit of faith, His promises remain true. I am just glad He remains faithful even when we struggle.