If Your Ship Is Sinking You Might Be on the Wrong Boat!
Mark 4:35–41 (ESV): 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Wait a minute! Other boats? What other boats? How did I miss that part of the story? We know that Jesus calmed the winds and the waves and saved the lives of the men on the boat with him, but what about the men on the other boats? Intrigued, I did a little research to see what I could find out.
In Matthew Henry's Commentary, Henry writes:
6. There were with him other little ships, which, no doubt, shared in the distress and danger. Probably, these little ships carried those who were desirous to go along with Christ, for the benefit of his preaching and miracles on the other side. The multitude went away when he put to sea, but some there were, that would venture upon the water with him. Those follow the Lamb aright, that follow him wherever he goes. And those that hope for a happiness in Christ, must be willing to take their lot with him, and run the same risks that he runs. One may boldly and cheerfully put to sea in Christ’s company, yea though we foresee a storm.
I wonder, might the issue not be that our ship is sinking, but that we have failed to invite Jesus to accompany us on our journey? Nowhere in scripture does Jesus promise us smooth sailing but he does promise never to leave us or forsake us.
Friend, if you feel like your ship is sinking and Jesus is not in your boat with you, then I encourage you to invite him in. He is the only one who can save you! He is the only one who can calm the winds and waves that batter your ship and see you safely through to the other side.
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