And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Luke 18:1
The current misconception among modern Christians is that Christian character and victory comes without effort. That if I simply attend church, I am faithful enough. Every Christian that has gone through deep trials of affliction and emotional pain knows that great effort in prayer without ceasing is the key to the victorious Christian life. By victorious I mean, Christians that suffer but come out on the other side, with their faith in-tact. Jesus told the disciples, “let us pass over to the other side.” Mark 4:35. Notice Jesus didn’t require them to take the journey alone. He wanted His disciples to pass over with Him. This was going to be a joint venture not a sole proprietorship. Let “us” pass over. Jesus had just finished giving them more truths to ponder, why would he let them die? The disciples were confident of the journey until:
And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? (Mark 4: 37-38)
How often, Jesus blesses us with his word, gives us direction and then, because of what we see happening around us, we shake with fear, and become filled with doubt. It was amazing to see the transformation of the disciples from trusting and abiding to trembling and accusing. Is this not the process many of us go through? We forget about the power of God over all situations and circumstances and quake with fear of the impending doom, and then move to accusations that God must not care about our needs. Maybe he’s asleep and doesn’t see. If we follow this story, Jesus was asleep but not because of lack of concern but because there was truly no need to panic.
Jesus knew who he was and who his Father was and knew that his mission was not over. He understood God’s plan. A hole could have opened up in the sea to swallow them, and I believe Jesus would have had the same calm. Why? Because he had power over the waves. In this story of Jesus, he did not choose to walk on the water, He made the water behave. God will do the same for the waves of trouble that seem to overwhelm us. He will cause them to cease in his own good time. Our job is to trust that he’s on the ship with us, and to do our best to stay on the ship where Jesus abides.