Call to Worship L: We gather here today to draw close to God
P: The Lord Almighty is our source of life and love L: God calls us to be generous as God is generous
P: We praise His faithfulness to all generations L: Come, let us praise and adore the LORD
Jesus Calms the
"It's All Good - Even on the Sinking Boat" by Franklyn
I think we can all relate to the disciples in
today’s bible story. Life gets rough sometimes and we start to worry or even
panic. This lesson from Mark teaches us that we need more faith, especially
when those dark and boisterous storms come.
Honestly, sometimes when those storms of life
hit us, it feels like God has forsaken us. There is an intrinsic teaching
value in this bible lesson, telling us that God does not forsake us. After
all, Jesus, the son of God, was in the boat with the disciples.
So, maybe God hasn’t forsaken us, but what this
story expresses is that sometimes it feels like God isn’t doing anything. God
isn’t answering our prayers in the hour of our greatest needs.
So, Jesus was asleep while the disciples were
frantically trying to stay afloat, trying to steer the boat clear of the
roaring waves. How was it even possible for Jesus to sleep through such a
storm? Was he that tired? Did he really not know what was going on? Or did he
pretend to sleep to test his disciples’ faith?
I’m saying this because Jesus, after calming
the storm, said this to the disciples: “Where is your faith?”
I think, other questions are implicit in this
teaching moment, such as: What were you thinking? That the son of God would
drown? That I would allow a storm, a few waves, and a little wind, to destroy
Do you see what’s happening here? Suddenly our
question to God: “why don’t you answer our prayers?” is turned right back at
us: “where is your faith?” Turns out that Jesus expects us to keep our faith
during those hard times.
Personally, my biggest question is not how God
can expect us to have faith in those “God-forsaken” moments, but rather: “what
does such faith look like? What did Jesus expect the disciples to do