God, Don't You Care?

Lou Lotz

READ : Mark 4:35-41

The disciples are in a sailing boat in a big storm. The sky has gone black. The waves are mountainous. The disciples are seasoned seamen, but all their efforts are of no avail. The boat is taking on water. They are going under. Astern, sleeping on a pillow, there’s Jesus. They jostle him, crying: “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” Jesus stills the storm and asks, “Have you no faith?”

When you feel like you’re going under, drowning in debt or depression, and it seems God is asleep somewhere, how quickly that question arises: “Lord, don’t you care?”

You are struggling with sickness. You know God loves you. You know God has the power to heal. But the situation only seems to get worse. And you pray, “Lord, don’t you care?”

You lose your job. You know God will never leave you nor forsake you. But how is he helping you now? You are drowning in debt. And you wonder, “Lord, don’t you care?”

Yes, he cares. He may not still your storm. But he will be there in the midst of the storm, and lead you to a safe harbor at last. You say: “But that assurance doesn’t change my situation!” True. But it can change you.

PRAYER

(Pray the words of the hymn, “Be Still My Soul.”)