From the DayBreaks archive, November 2006:
As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” He was already in the boat, so they started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm arose. High waves began to break into the boat until it was nearly full of water. Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. Frantically they woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are going to drown?” When he woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the water, “Quiet down!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. And he asked them, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still not have faith in me?”1And they were filled with awe and said among themselves, “Who is this man, that even the wind and waves obey him?” Mark 4:35-41
From Michael Card’s Devotions From the Studio:
“Whenever Jesus is revealed in a new way, he has to tell the disciples not to be afraid. (Matt. 8:26, 14:27, 17:7, 28:10, Mk. 4:40, 5:36, 6:50, Lk. 5:10, 8:50, 12:32, Jn. 6:20, 12:15, 14:27) Too often we simply think of Him as “gentle Jesus, meek and mild.” But this is only a small facet of His infinite character. If we look closely at the gospels, we will see that those who were closest to Jesus we often terrified by His power, so frightened were they that He had to continually tell them, “don’t be afraid.”
“If He is the same yesterday, today and forever, where has this terrifying aspect of His nature gone? He is no less powerful now than He was then. What has become of this “disturbing presence” of Jesus?”
Galen’s Thoughts: Michael asks some good questions. When, can I honestly say, was the last time that I was afraid of Jesus? Have I given him cause to be angry with me? Have I hurt him repeatedly and knowingly as if he didn’t even exist? Perhaps one of the reasons that the 12 were so committed to their task of obeying Jesus by carrying the Word to the uttermost parts of the earth that they had so often been afraid by the demonstrations of his power. And though they’d seen his love, they’d seen his power destroy a fig tree, calm the storm, overpower demons and raise the dead to life. What could such a One do if he put his mind to it? Were there any limits to his power?
May Jesus become disturbing to us – just as disturbing as we need him to be to help keep us on the right pathway!
PRAYER: Jesus, it is a comfort to know that you have all power in heaven and on earth. It is a blessing to know that you will use your power to do what is right and just, and what is in our best interests. Help us to never become complacent around you, but to always hold you in the highest regard. We give you permission to disturb us time and time again when we forget your greatness and wander off into the pathway of sin. In Jesus’ name, Amen.