Mark 6:45-52New International Version (NIV)
45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.
Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.
Knowing Jesus Part 2
Faith, the believers SOS.
Storms and times of crisis can give birth to many negative emotions. This is our natural human response to times of difficulty and testing. As Christians, we should never “beat ourselves up” if this is our initial response to difficulty. God is aware of our circumstances and he understands our emotional and spiritual frailty in such times. God understands that in many respects, such emotions are the human equivalent of the SOS. Like physical pain, our emotions indicate that we are in trouble and require help and assistance.
One of the reasons the Christian life is difficult, is we are challenged to live it in faith. In 2 Corinthians 5 v 7 we read that we are to walk by faith and not by sight. This means we are to ignore the natural and live in the supernatural. Part of knowing Jesus means accepting, in faith, that he sees our situation and is coming to our aid. Not only that, but that he is coming to supply everything we need to get us through the circumstances we are facing.
The disciple’s desperation on the sea of Galilee clearly shows that they don’t as yet possess this faith and knowledge. The chaos in their boat is a clear indication of this. Their (natural human response) shows they are expecting no rescue or deliverance from Jesus (v48). It would never be the storm that sinks their boat, it would be the weight of their circumstances and situation.
George Müller was a man who really knew Jesus. He knew that Jesus would meet him and supply whatever he needed, regardless of the storm he faced. George mullers faith was his SOS to his saviour and it was a cry that never went unanswered.
It’s is estimated that in George Müller s lifetime he provided some home, food and clothes for over 120,000 children. Even more amazing is the fact that he never made a single appeal for financial assistance and yet received millions of pounds (todays equivalent) in donations. He knew that Jesus would not only meet him in his storms but he would meet him with exactly what needed to get through them. Below in his own words is an example of such a time.
“One morning, all the plates and cups and bowls on the table were empty. There was no food in the larder and no money to buy food. The children were standing, waiting for their morning meal, when Müller said, “Children, you know we must be in time for school.” Then lifting up his hands he prayed, “Dear Father, we thank Thee for what Thou art going to give us to eat.”
There was a knock at the door. The baker stood there, and said, “Mr. Müller, I couldn’t sleep last night. Somehow I felt you didn’t have bread for breakfast, and the Lord wanted me to send you some. So, I got up at 2 a.m. and baked some fresh bread and have brought it.”
Mr. Müller thanked the baker, and no sooner had he left, when there was a second knock at the door. It was the milkman. He announced that his milk cart had broken down right in front of the orphanage, and he would like to give the children his cans of fresh milk so he could empty his wagon and repair it.”
On the sea of Galilee Jesus came to his disciples in a storm. In Bristol, Jesus came to George Müller and his orphans in a storm. Today Jesus comes to you in your storm. He comes not just to meet you but to supply you with everything you need for the circumstances you face. All that he requires is that you meet him with faith – the believers SOS.
Today’s hymn; Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah. William Williams -1745
Today’s worship song; These Are The Days Of Elijah. Robin Mark ©1994