What Do We Really Believe?

 Photo Credit:  @oncewaslost_

Photo Credit:  @oncewaslost_

In Mark 4, Jesus stills the sea. It was a stunning display of His authority and power that left the disciples wondering, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him (Mark 4:41b)?” It was a moment of crisis that brought the disciples face to face with their true beliefs regarding the Messiah they were now following. 

THE DISCONNECT

For centuries Israel had sung praises about the Lord who rules the storming seas: "You rule the swelling of the sea; When its waves rise, You still them (Psalm 89:9)." 

Yet, here the disciples are with the one who had the power to do so and they were frightened and lacking faith. Christ used this moment to help them see the disconnect between what they said they believed about Him and what they actually believed about Him.

WHEN THE STORM HITS

Trials often reveal what a person believes to be true. When the storms of life hit, where is your confidence? In whom or what do you trust? Do we really believe what we say we believe about Him? Where have we placed our faith? It’s good to take time and evaluate our real beliefs and ask the Lord for help. May we pray and confess our need for honest trust in Him like the man in Mark 9, “‘I do believe; help my unbelief (Mark 9:24).’” 

It’s encouraging to notice that despite the disciples’ lack of faith, Christ came to their aid when they called on Him. Matthew Henry comments, “we may be at our wits’ end, but not at our faith’s end, while we have such a Savior to go to.”


TO LIVE

Think about the last time you went through a trying situation or one that didn't work out how you wanted it to, how did you respond? What does your response (good or bad) reveal about what you really believe about God? Ask the Lord to strengthen your faith and confidence in Him. 


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