Today’s Bible Reading: Mark 6:45-54
Imagine you are one of Jesus’ disciples. You’ve been following him for a while. You’ve heard his teachings, watched him heal others, and built a relationship with him. You are astounded when he takes five loaves of bread and two fish and feeds more than 5,000 people. You are amazed that after everyone has had their fill, there are 12 baskets of food left. Then Jesus tells you and the other disciples to get on the boat and cross the lake to Bethsaida.
Imagine the conversation on the boat between the disciples. How did he feed all those people with five loaves of bread and two tiny fish, and then have 12 baskets of leftovers? Who do you think Jesus is? I bet they would be feeling overjoyed and in awe of Jesus. They had just participated in a miracle!
I bet the disciples were all trying to talk at the same time. They were happy, confused, and awestruck. Things were going well, and they were feeling content. Then out of nowhere, the wind was howling, the waves were crashing, and they were having a hard time rowing. They were in serious trouble.
47 Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. 48 He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking he was a ghost. 50 They were all terrified when they saw him.
Have you ever been like the disciples, quickly moving from awe of Jesus and the miracles he performed in your life, to fear and loss of your faith? I am ashamed to admit I can easily become fearful and start to lose my faith. I have learned when I lose my peace, I also lose faith. I immediately need to turn to Jesus and pray. I need to repair my relationship with him and make him, rather than my problems, the focus of my life. Honestly, sometimes I do this quickly, but when I am overwhelmed, I can quickly forget all about Jesus. I read recently that a great thing to do is pray, “Jesus I trust you!” Those are powerful words! They take the focus off of me and my troubles and place it on Jesus. Jesus’ reaction to their fear is filled with love and compassion.
50 “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage! I am here!” 51 Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, 52 for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.
When we call out to Jesus when we are terrified, overwhelmed, worried, or in need, his response is, “Don’t be afraid. Take courage, I am here!” Meditate on Jesus’ response. Jesus, our Savior, is here. We don’t need to be afraid. He will give us courage.
How would you have reacted to Jesus feeding 5,000 men and their families with what seemed to be so little? What would have been your response when the storm hit? Is there anything you need to do to repair your relationship with Jesus? Do you need to repent for being self-centered and not having faith in him? How did Jesus respond to the disciples when they were crying out in terror?
Read and meditate on Mark 6:30-52. Practice saying, “Jesus, I trust you,” when troubles occur. Write down what happened after each time you said, “Jesus, I trust you.” Pray to Jesus to repair your relationship with him. Ask him to turn your fear into a strong faith in him. Participate in CedarCreek’s 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.
21 Days of Prayer -Day 10
Prayer Focus: Dependence on Him (Psalms 121:1-2)
Dear Lord, when things become difficult, I know that you will be walking beside me holding me by my hand. You will cross the desert with me and weather any storm with me. When things become unbearable, I know that you will carry me to the other side. Today, I declare my dependence on you. Amen.
This post was written by Marsha Raymond. Marsha has been happily married to her husband, Jeff, for 30 years. They have two grown sassy and fearless daughters. She loves spending time with God, her family and friends, reading, riding bicycles, yoga and walking.
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