Faith,  The God that cares

God, do You Care?

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, don’t you care if we drown.” Mark 4:37-38

Almost everyone has asked this question at some point in their lives. No one has ever gone through life without wrestling with this agonizing question, “Does God care?”

Mark tells us in chapter 4, verses 35-41 that the disciples and Jesus were caught in a storm. As the winds howled and raged, the impatient and frightened disciples screamed with fear to Jesus, who was sleeping and resting from a full day of teaching and healing those in need.

“Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to drown?”

Jesus could have continued sleeping. He could have told them to be silent or ignored them. Even better, Jesus could have impatiently jumped up and angrily dismissed the storm. He could have pointed out their lack of faith, but he didn’t.  Jesus lovingly got up and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still.”

At this moment, Jesus provided the answer for the agonizing question of man, “Where is God when I’m hurting?”

How often do we face a storm and wonder where God is? Is He listening?” Does He care that I’m hurting?

Even when we are unable to see or hear Jesus, He is still speaking and healing. The problem is that we want Jesus to answer our prayers in our time. So, when the answer is delayed, we immediately become discouraged, panic, and lose hope.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been in that situation many times. But it is now that I have learned that God’s delay is not a “no” or that He isn’t listening; it simply means, “wait and don’t lose hope. Trust me, and I will exceed your expectations in due time.”

Let me ask you a question, “How has Jesus shown that He cares for you in the storms of your life?

Let us take a moment to reflect on the many times Jesus showed up and exceeded our expectations.

Father, thank you for reminding me that even when I don’t get the answers to my prayers right away, it doesn’t mean that you’re not listening or caring; instead, you’re working behind the scenes preparing a way to exceed my expectations. Lord, Jesus, thank you for your love and grace. In your precious name, amen!

I have often asked the Lord if writing is His calling in my life; after all, I'm a teacher, not a writer. Through the Book of Luke, in the New Testament, the Lord taught me that Luke had no idea that his study would ever impact our life. He wrote for the One, his friend, Theophilus. Yet, God used Luke, a doctor, to share the truth about Who Jesus was and why He came. So, why do I write? I write to share the truth of who Jesus is and what He has done in my life.


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