THE SERVANT GENERAL
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
CALMING THE STORM
Today’s gospel: Mark 4:35-41
Jesus sends us to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth.
We are supposed to leave our homes and comfort zones to do
mission in other places. We go with Jesus as he says, “Let
us cross to the other side.” (v.35).
because we engage in spiritual warfare, there will be challenges,
difficulties, trials, oppression and persecution. There will
be storms, at times violent. At times we feel we are being
totally overwhelmed, as if “waves were breaking over
the boat, so that it was already filling up.” (v.37).
We look to Jesus, we pray and intercede, we ask for relief.
But he does not grant us relief. At times we feel he is impervious
to our pleas. We know he is with us, but it is as if he “was
in the stern, asleep on a cushion.” (v.38a). In our
desperation, we might even say, “Teacher, do you not
care that we are perishing?” (v.38b).
of course Jesus cares. Of course he will not allow us to perish.
Of course he is all-powerful and can provide relief in an
instant if he so wished. We know all this, but oftentimes
we still falter. Jesus asks us two questions: “Why are
you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?” (v.40).
What terrifies us?
Going into unknown territory.
Facing a diabolical enemy.
Rejection or even ridicule.
Looking at the demands of mission, especially the hardships
about the demands of mission on our time and resources.
to deny ourselves and embrace the cross.
In what ways do we lack faith?
That God will provide for everything we need, and provide
That when we unselfishly give of our time, talent and treasure,
God will not be outdone in generosity.
That Jesus has already won the victory, of which we share.
That for God nothing is impossible, and we ought to look
forward to signs and wonders as we do mission.
That even in suffering and pain, we can rejoice at the privilege
of serving Jesus and his cause.
Jesus is always there with us when we go on mission. We ought
to be “filled with great awe” that “even
wind and sea obey” him (v.41). Such is the one who sends
us forth. Wind and sea obey him. Even demons obey him. The
question is: do we?