Today’s Reading

Mark 4:21-41

And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick?

For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.

If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear: with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you: and unto you that hear shall more be given.

For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath.

And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground;

And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how.

For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.

But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come.

And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it?

It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth:

But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it.

And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it.

But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples.

And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side.

And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships.

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Asleep at the Wheel

Do you remember the last time you were so frightened that you thought your heart would beat right through your chest or may even stop? What thoughts went through your mind? What do you think went through the minds of the disciples when the storm hit and they were out in the middle of the lake? From their response we see that they thought they were going to die, and they were terrified. Why were they so afraid knowing that Christ was in the boat? Is it possible that even after spending so much time with Him that they did not really understand His capabilities as the Son of God or remember what He had told them? He told them they were going to the other side (vs35). He didn’t say “Let’s go to the middle of the lake,” or “Let’s try to get to the other side of the lake.” They had either forgotten what He said or they did not trust what He said. In the storm, they did not believe He would protect them. They saw Him sleeping and assumed He did not know or care what was going on in their lives. Are you facing a storm? If it appears that Christ is sleeping, He still has it under control. Don’t ignore or forget what He has told you!

Today’s Questions

Say What?

Are you facing a frightening circumstance?

So What?

What are you afraid will happen?

Now What?

What has God said in His Word about those things?

Then What?

What do you need to do to trust Him with this circumstance?