We’ve been looking at Mark 4. The parables are designed to encourage faithfulness even when outward results seem to be discouraging. In one sense parables are theoretical.
The last few verses of this chapter describe an incident that exposed how far the disciples still had to go in their personal faith walk. Jesus often allows us to get into difficult situations, which stretch or test our faith. Sometimes these tests are scary, like this one was for the disciples.
Weathered fishermen feared they would not get through this storm alive. Jesus was sleeping while they were desperately bailing water. Finally, they cried out to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Obviously they had not yet realized Jesus was on a mission. It was not time for him to die, nor would he die this way. If they drowned in the storm, so would he.
Getting a handle on what is God’s agenda helps us through those times when our lives are threatened. The disciples had not yet come to the place of knowing who he really was - the Master of everything. Even the wind and the waves obey him. So should we. And we should trust him, no matter what the circumstances might be, to fulfill his plan for us.
He can sustain us in any storm. He can calm the storm if he so chooses. The key to remember is what the disciples momentarily forgot, and then recalled - He is with us in the storm.
Rather than trying our utmost to solve the problem we find ourselves in, we should right up front remember that He is with us and available to sustain us or deliver us. So trust in Him today whatever your circumstances.