Faithless Fear

“They awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?” –Mark 4:38
These words imply that the disciples thought Jesus was indifferent to them in their danger — that he was neglecting them by sleeping while they were exposed to such peril. But how unjust was this reproach! They were never safer than they were that moment, in the midst of the wild tempest. The bark that bore the Lord could not sink in the sea. Faith should have trusted in the darkness.

Yet do we never, at least in our hearts, make the same complaint of our Lord? When we are in some sore trial, and the trial grows very sore, and he does not come to deliver us; when we seem about to be engulfed by the waves of adversity, and no relief comes down from him do we never say, “Jesus does not care though I perish”? When we pray long and with importunity for the lifting away of some heavy cross, or the lightening of some sore burden, and no answer comes, does the thought never arise in our minds that Jesus does not hear us, or that he does not come to us?

But such complaint is never just. Sometimes he may seem not to care. The disciples had some lessons to learn. One was, how helpless they were in themselves in the world’s dangers. Another was, that Christ alone could deliver them. They could not learn these lessons save in the storm with the Master asleep. So there are similar lessons that we never can learn until Christ withholds his help for a time. And sometimes he hides himself for a season just to teach us faith. But he is never indifferent to us. He never neglects nor forgets us. His heart ever wakes and watches, and at the right moment he comes and brings deliverance. We should learn to trust our Lord so confidently that in any hour of danger we can nestle down in his bosom, without fear or anxiety, and let him take care of us.

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