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Don’t You Care God?

Mark 4:38

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgPerception is reality – some say. It isn’t always true – but the way people see you – perceive you – can hold a lot of weight in how they receive you.

A good example – most people see me as a friendly – easy to talk to person – a person that is very approachable. I hope that to be the truth – but – on a few Sunday mornings – when my mind is on the message or on worship or on other related subjects – I have been known to pass people without acknowledging them. Some of these people – who may only see me on Sunday mornings – have walked away with the idea or perception – that I am aloof or hard to approach – even that I purposely ignored them. I wonder if other pastors run into the same issue.

Perceptions can be hard to deal with for sure. Let’s read the story – in partial context – from this morning’s passage. Mark 4:35-41 – 35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” 39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. 40 He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41 They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”

At first – the disciples thought that Jesus didn’t care. At first – their perception was that He was simply going to sleep while they drowned. They screamed (I added that because I can’t imagine they quietly woke Him) – “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”  They were captured by the circumstance of the their lives and couldn’t see – couldn’t have faith – that went beyond their circumstance.  Ever been there?

Things aren’t always – as they seem. Jesus arose – rebuked the wind and the waves – and all was calm. He then rebuked His disciples for not believing.  Have we found ourselves in places like this in our lives?  Have we assumed things in our faith? Have circumstances come upon us – and we have felt that God was nowhere to be found – maybe that He didn’t care? God has promised – Hebrews 13:5 – “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” God has promised – Matthew 28:20 – And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

I know people – today even – who are going through some life altering challenges. At times they seem to give up – thinking that God doesn’t care about them – that no one loves them or cares. Please hear me when I say that Satan is busy trying to give that perception to pull you/us away from God. God loves you/us and will always be with you/us – if you/we do not pull away from Him.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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November 5, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , ,

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