#943 – Our Questions

Good morning people God cares about

Mark 4:35-41 That day when evening came, He said to His disciples, “Let us go to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took Him along, just as He was, in the boat. There were also other boats with Him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 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?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to His disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey Him!”

Jesus cares about us during the storm even though we question whether He does.

Our questions come from a belief that we should not be going through a storm if Jesus is with us and Jesus authored the trip in the first place. This is wrong theology and it will hurt us in life.

It’s interesting to note what Jesus does with their questions during the storm. In fact, it’s in keeping with what He often did with people’s reasonable questions.

Jesus did not speak harshly to them.

Jesus did rebuke in this passage, but it was the storm, not the disciples that He rebuked. Jesus understands the journey we are on. I remember the man who uttered the words, “I believe, help me in my unbelief”. (Mark 9:14-29) Jesus didn’t tell him to come back when he had it all together. Jesus met that man where he was at.

But Jesus also loves us enough to redirect our thinking. This is what He did when He asked them about their faith. He will not treat us harshly but He will challenge us and redirect us so that we can move forward in life.