Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Moving Closer to Jesus (A WHAT IF Post)

Today it is just a simple question that I want to ask you. Well, the question seems simple, but the answer will challenge you to really evaluate your true trust in God.

"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?' " (Mark 4:37-38)

Can you hear the urgency and fear in the disciples as they collectively awakened the Savior? I'm not saying it's a bad thing to run to Jesus for help. But the words of Jesus later in the passage make me wonder if Jesus desired a little more out of the disciples in that particular situation. 

I really think so.

"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?'" 
(Mark 4:39-40)

Jesus physically calmed the sea in order to quell their fears. 
That satisfied the disciples, true. But.....


What if the disciples would have gone to where Jesus was and stayed with Him in the belly of the ship? Abided? Just trusted in His presence?

We are such a people craving signs and wonders - physical proof of God's eternal omnipotence. (And there are many of those) Or we feel that we must help God with our situation.

Even as the storms of life come and seem that they will capsize our very souls, He desires most of all that we see HIM through eyes of 
faith and 
       trust and 
               quiet abiding. 

WHAT IF we would do that today?