Jesus the Miracle Worker Controls Every Situation

Jesus Invites us to Face the Tragic Situations

DAILY DEVOTIONS

Rev. Aftab Yunis Hakim

10/19/2023

Jesus the Miracle Worker Controls Every Situation

That day when evening came, He [Jesus] said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side" (Mark 4:35)

Have you ever been frightened of any situation? Many times, we get afraid of difficult situations. How many of us love adventures in life? There are very few people who are not shocked by the uncertainties; however, the majority of people get easily upset. Life is full of adventures. In 2021 who would have thought that this year would be full of uncertainties, due to the Coronavirus, people would face many tragic situations. Even before the beginning of 2020, no one would have thought of it.

We will learn in our story today how to face challenges to receive our miracles. This is the second episode of our yesterday's thought. Let's learn from the story of the disciples today!

In the Gospel of Mark, this chapter begins with the story when one day Jesus was giving teachings to people about the Sower (Jesus) who sows seeds in people's lives to bear fruits amidst tough conditions. After giving these important teachings, He asked His disciples “Let us go across to the other side of the boat.” The purpose of Jesus was to take them to the tragic situation right after the teachings to see their faith amidst tragic situations.

The disciples were fishermen, and they were professionals in their field they might have seen many storms. But this time had changed their perceptions about the storm as they got afraid of this terrible storm. A very strong wind came up on the lake. The waves began coming over the sides and into the boat. It was almost full of water. Jesus was at the back of the boat, sleeping with his head on a pillow. The followers went to him and woke him. They said, “Teacher, do you care about us? We will drown!” (Mark 4:39-41).

The disciples were not well prepared for this test, they started complaining. Teacher, don't you care that we are about to die?” Jesus stood up and commanded the wind, “Be quiet!” and he said to the waves, “Be still!” The wind died down, and there was a great calm. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Why are you frightened? Do you still have no faith?” But they were terribly afraid and began to say to one another, “Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” In other words, Jesus told them they get frightened and have lost their faith because they did not listen to me attentively. Remember, pay much attention to every Word whenever you read your Bible because you don’t know when you need it.

From this story, we learn that Jesus has control over wind and waves. Jesus was expecting their disciples to pass the tragic situation keeping the Word and knowing Jesus was with them, but they failed because they did not pay much attention to Jesus’ words. Similarly, if we do not pay attention to the Word of God, we may miss the opportunity to pass this trial. Remember, every test that comes into our life helps us to know more about Jesus.

Why the disciples were terribly afraid after seeing Jesus' miracle and began to say to one another, “Who is this man? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” because they were still not aware of the truth that Jesus has control over everything. Although Jesus' disciples failed in this test, still Jesus did not tell them that they were failures and would not receive any miracles. The moment Jesus saw that they were afraid, He scolded the wind, “Be quiet!” to show them in your every test I am with you to help you. Let's begin our day today, having this firm faith that He is with us amidst every challenge and will not forsake us.

Let's praise God through Jesus Christ for each and every test we go through. Father, we thank you that in every tragic situation, you help us to know you more. Lord, amidst the difficult challenges, whenever we ask for help you do not scold us but rather affirm that you are with us in every trouble. Help us not to get frightened of any tragic situation but rather keep on looking at Jesus trusting that you invite us to face the challenges to receive our miracles. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen

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