from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church


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 4:38)

Ghassan Khalaf

Often in life we go through times of troubled circumstances; like the disciples of Jesus at the Sea of Galilee. Our distress becomes very severe to the degree that we do not see Jesus who is very near to us; like the disciples in the boat who were so overwhelmed by the stormy sea, that they couldn't see the peaceful face of the Savior who was asleep on the cushion in the stern of the boat.

We feel that God does not care; that He has forsaken us. We begin to make the loudest noise we can to attract the attention of Heaven. We even wish to disturb God and make Him see our need. Just as the disciples, who lost their patience and disturbed Jesus while He was resting, "Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?" Jesus woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Be still." But He also rebuked His disciples, "Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?"

So let us in our turmoil be quiet.

Let us have faith and not disturb Jesus. He is with us. He is closer to us than we think He is.

Writer of the Month: Ghassan Khalaf from Lebanon. Amidst bombings and destruction, Brother Khalaf faithfully visited victims of war to encourage them in their faith.

Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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