Today’s thought “Who then is this?” (February 8)

Today’s thought

“Who then is this?”

(February 8)

We all have probably had the experience of suddenly seeing another side of friend’s character that we did not know existed. We then wonder what kind of person they really are! Hopefully these are good things we see, but sadly, that is not always the case.

Now consider the experience of the disciples of Jesus, our heading is the question they asked themselves at a time when they had been “filled with great fear” and as a result had said,

Who then is this, that even wind and see obey him?” (Mark 4:41).

We have already read in Mark of Jesus doing many marvellous healings; a paralysed man, a leper, a man with a withered hand, etc., so that “his fame spread everywhere” (1:28): yet when he stills the storm and “the wind ceased and there was a great calm” (4:39) they then asked each other

Who then is this?”.

Most of them were fishermen, this miracle occurred in an environment with which they were very familiar. Surely they had learnt when there was a risk of weather of this this nature they would not venture out. Matthew, Mark and Luke all record this dramatic event, it was etched in their memory. It is described as “a great windstorm” and the “waves were breaking into the boat”.

As Jesus dramatically stills the storm, he asks,

Have you still no faith?” (verse 40).

Compare this with what we read today in Exodus 16, there is a challenging parallel! The nation of Israel had witnessed miracles, the plagues, walking through the sea on dry land and the destruction of the Egyptians armies at the hands of their all-powerful God – the one whose name / reputation was being established by these events. As they “grumbled against Moses” because of the lack of food (verse 2). Moses could have said,

“Have you still no faith?”

We have commented several times that in this twenty-first century we are travelled in a sinful Godless wilderness. Storms of God’s judgements are starting to break out on this world, they are going to get worse, news bulletins are full of the detail of countries with problems and catastrophes. We all need to really get to know our Lord and develop such a measure of faith that makes us certain God is in control whatever may come on this earth. Meditate on James 1:5-8.

“5 But if any of you lacketh wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing doubting: for he that doubteth is like the surge of the sea driven by the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think {1 } that he shall receive anything of the Lord; {1) Or that a doubleminded man, unstable in all his ways, shall receive anything of the Lord }8 a doubleminded man, unstable in all his ways.” (Jas 1:5-8 ASV)

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