That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 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 4:35-38 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

What a picture. As the boat was being tossed by the waves to the point of almost sinking, Jesus is asleep! Have you ever felt that way? That God doesn’t seem to care that you are on the verge of disaster? Yet Jesus wants to make a point to his disciples—there is nothing to fear as long as He is in the boat. God never said we would be exempt from storms; He said that He would never leave us or forsake us. When we believe this, we are watchful for the Word that calms the waves and stills the wind. We have faith in the midst of the storm.

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