“Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat
and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida,
while he dismissed the crowd.
After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.
Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake,
and he was alone on land.
He saw the disciples straining at the oars,
because the wind was against them.”
Mark 6:45-48 (NIV)
We note that the disciples were commanded by our Saviour to get into the boat on the eastern side of the Sea of Galilee and sail west to Capernaum. So they were clearly in the will of the Lord as they sought to navigate their way across the sea at night.
However, as they sailed along, they found themselves in the midst of a life threatening storm. This body of water was well known for sudden very violent storms and these men, some of whom were seasoned sailors, had experienced such storms before as they conducted their fishing business on this sea.
It did not help that they were there in the middle of the night. So, they were paying a frightening price for their obedience to the Master. In some ways we as followers of the Good Shepherd find ourselves in frightening situations as our resources drain away due to the financial issues of this precarious time.
We feel confused and wonder why our sincere efforts to walk well with the Lord are not bringing us security and peace of mind. But now is when we need to remember that this world is no friend to the obedient child of God. But we are promised that we shall ultimately win the good fight of faith.
“ As it is written:
‘For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life,
neither angels nor demons,
neither the present nor the future,
nor any powers, neither height nor depth,
nor anything else in all creation,
will be able to separate us from the love of God
that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:36-40 (NIV)