Money! It is the most worried about detail of life, especially in America. If we're young, we want money to buy the things we want, to pay our bills, and to pay for college. If we're middle-aged, we want most of that except we are worried about paying for our kids college, while trying to pay off our student loans. If we are getting ready for retirement, we worry about our funds running out. Young and old, we all worry about money.
This past weekend, I got the opportunity to visit in the homes of a couple of our shut-ins. We sang, prayed, and shared from God's Word. As I was getting the devotion ready for the visits, I couldn't get a particular story off of my mind. Mark writes in his gospel writes about Jesus calming a storm. You may know the story I'm talking about. Jesus tells His disciples that they were going to cross the sea, so they all hopped on the boat with Him. Unfortunately, a storm begins to build in the sea. Waves were crashing all over the boat and it was beginning to fill with water. How is Jesus reacting to the storm? He's asleep.
Have you ever felt like Jesus was asleep in your life? We feel Him at church when we worship. We feel Him at dinner when we pray. But when we are going through a rough time, we feel like He's nowhere to be found. He's asleep. Thankfully Marks story isn't over. The disciples discover Him sleeping and wake Him up to question Him. "Do You not care that we are perishing?" They basically accused Him of being okay with them dying. "You don't care God!" Sound familiar? We've said that too, when we felt like God had abandoned or ignored us.
Jesus did wake up and the first thing He said was, "Peace! Be still!" The storm ceased and the sea calmed. All of creation was yielding to His power...well...with the exception of mankind. Jesus questioned these guys asking them why they were so afraid. He asked them why they still did not have faith. They still didn't trust Him. They didn't even know who He was. The story ends with them trying to figure that out. They didn't know who was in the boat with them. They still didn't realize that Jesus was God.
Peace! Be still! Who was Jesus talking to when He said that? Was He just talking to the wind and the waves, or was He also talking to His disciples? I believe He was calling for them to be still as well. During our devotion time this weekend, a lady shared with me that many times we need to follow Jesus' example and be in the boat resting with Him, instead of running around, frantic, trying to fix it on our own.
Does that mean we just float through life and do nothing? No. It means that we live life with a comforting peace, knowing that God has it all under control. In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus wrote that we simply need to seek God first, His will and His righteousness, and everything else will be taken care of. Yes, you have to pay your bills. Yes, you have to take your car to the shop. Yes, you have to take yourself to the doctor. But if we are seeking God, we know that He will provide the means for us to do those things. Will times get tough? Yes. But when they do, we need to go and rest with Him. We need to trust Him. We don't need to get worked up and claim that His lack of action is a lack of interest or care. Jesus cares. He cares so much that He wants you to know that you don't have to worry about all of the cares of this world.
God just simply wants us to rest in Him and trust that He has it all under control. God is and always will be in control. The question is will you trust Him. When was the last time that you felt like God had abandoned you? Did you trust Him even then, or did you try to handle it on your own? How did that work out? Are you a person that likes to be in control? How does that play into trusting God? Does it make it harder to trust Him? If you have ever trusted Him completely in the midst of it all, what was that like? Comment below. As we share our struggles, we let others see how God has moved in our lives, and it encourages them. They see that they're not alone in the struggle.