JESUS, DONíT YOU CARE?
day when evening came, [Jesus] said to his disciples, "Let us go over to
the other side." Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he
was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came
up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was
in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him,
"Teacher, donít you care if we drown?" 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 said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid?
Do you still have no faith?"
Not long ago I did an updated arrangement of the old German hymn, "Jesus, Priceless Treasure." While I was working with the text, I was particularly attracted to the second verse.
2. In Your arms you rest me,
Foes who would molest me cannot reach me here;
Though the earth is shaking, ev'ry heart be quaking, You dispel our fear.
Sin and hell by His cross fell.
Though they still with storms assail us,
Jesus will not fail us. Jesus will not fail us!† LINK
is interesting that in the midst of the storm Jesus' disciples asked the very
same question that we often ask, "Lord, don't you care . . .?" Wow;
how could Jesus' disciples, who had experienced His power and who had seen His
love in action, ask such a thing? The same way we, who have also experienced
His power and know His love, do. Eyes blinded by wind and waves can easily fail
to see the loving hand of God reaching out. In the tempest's roar it is easy to
miss the gentle voice of our Savior saying, "Peace, be still."
The assurance of faith is this: we may find ourselves in the midst of a storm, but we don't need to fear. Jesus will not fail us. Jesus will not fail us!
Pastor Keith Andrews