GSFA Devotional: Bread for Our Journey
Trinity 3 (20 June 2021)
TRINITY SEASON: “Master, Don’t You Care?” (Mark 4:35-41)
“Master, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38)
The disciples screamed with these words at Jesus who was sleeping in the stern of the boat. They were struggling because of a furious storm that happened suddenly while crossing over the Sea of Galilee. The waves broke over the boat and it was nearly swamped. As experienced fishermen, they probably tried all tricks to overcome the storm, but they failed. It was then that they turned to Jesus, woke Him up, and almost rebuked Him for sleeping while they were struggling with the storm. Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Be still!”. The wind died down and became calm.
This story is well known to us. However, we need to learn from it as we face today’s stormy world. It is true that the Church of Christ is facing very aggressive waves of persecution, false teachings and heresies, unbiblical lifestyles, ignoring the authority of the Scriptures, and focusing on entertainment rather than on true worship.
In face of all these challenges, the Church must learn the following lessons:
The Lord of the Church, our Saviour, is in the boat. We need to call upon Him and Him alone when we face the storms. We should not behave as if He is not in our midst. It is important to always remember His promise that He will build His Church and gates of Hades will never overcome it.
As Jesus was resting in the boat, we need to learn to rest in Him while we face the furious storms. We should train ourselves to do so all the time so that it becomes our practice. Like David, we should be saying, “I will fear no evil, for thou art with me.”
When we have little or no faith, we need to appeal to the Lord so that He may strengthen our faith. We should say, “Help us overcome our unbelief”.
Brothers and sisters, let us remember that Jesus is in the boat, and He will lead us in our journey until we arrive safely to our eternity.
The Most Revd Dr Mouneer Hanna Anis
Global South Fellowship of Anglican Churches (GSFA)