Read: Mark 6:30-52
It is not unusual when someone comes unannounced to your house for a meal. But when that ‘someone’ becomes 5,000 hungry guests, then you would be facing a crisis. In Mark 6, the disciples of Jesus faced overwhelming challenges. First it was beside the sea and later on the sea.
George Müller analyses the inconsistency of worry in a believer’s life. He said to ponder the words of Jesus: “Only believe” (Mark 5:36). He continued, “As long as we are able to trust in God – holding fast in our heart the knowledge that He is able and willing to help those who rest on the Lord Jesus for salvation, in all matters which are for His glory and their good. It is when we let go of faith in His power or His love that we lose our peace and become troubled. This very day I am in great trial in connection with my work; yet my soul was calmed and quieted by the remembrance of God’s power and love, and the result was peace of soul. The very time for faith to work is when sight ceases. The greater the difficulties, the easier for faith.”
Whatever was happening in the life of Jesus’ disciples told them to give up. Still Jesus wanted them to take courage in the midst of hungry stomachs and raging winds. That is faith, standing strong in the midst of crisis. Where faith begins, anxiety ends. It will not make sense to others around you when they see you maintain your peace and composure when everyone is losing theirs. Maybe it will make them curious enough to ask you how you are able to do it. And that may be the opportunity for you to share the gospel of Jesus with them. Will you tell them?