Don’t you care?

Mark 4:35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 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?”39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 

40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

The disciples, in the midst of fear and crisis, asked a question we have all asked, “don’t you care?” Their crisis was the sea and storm that had flooded their boat. Their crisis was their apparent impending death….and so they wake Jesus and ask, “don’t you care?”

Have you ever asked God that question in your own life? Have you ever wondered? Jesus’ response to the question from the disciples was action, not words, “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 demonstrated, in a most dramatic way, that he did indeed care!

Does he care for us in the same way? Yes! When we come to him with all our fears and worries, our panic and dread, when we come to ask, “don’t you care?” Jesus takes action. The one who created the universe spoke to the wind and the sea that he had made and they obeyed. Does he care for you in this same way? Is he aware of your crisis of faith? Your fears? Your panic? Yes! Invite him into your boat. Go to him with you own question and time of need. You will find that he does indeed care for you.

Their response? They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” Who is this? He is the Lord of glory! Creator of heaven and earth. Does he care for you? YES! Bring your own sinking ship to him and watch his loving response. Does he care for me? Yes, indeed!

2 thoughts on “Don’t you care?”

  1. Brittany, do read the article. You missed the point of the article entirely. It wasn’t about frustrating God, but about us and our responses to God. Please take a meditative moment and read what I wrote, ok?

  2. Thanks for sharing and being honest, but I think the point of that verse is that you cannot frustrate the grace of God. No matter how lacking you are or unworthy you feel. His grace is more than enough to cover all of your fears and failures. You may feel like you frustrate God, but you cannot frustrate His grace. That’s what makes God’s love magnificent; that we cannot do anything to earn or lose it. And it is available to all…

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