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?” (Mark 4:36-41)
“Jesus, don’t you care?” Have you ever asked Jesus that question?
Why do people blame God for their suffering?
Who do people who don’t believe in God blame for their suffering?
If there’s something you blame God for, what’s preventing you from trusting him instead?
How does Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection teach us to trust God when we are suffering?
How does Jesus’ death and resurrection teach us that God cares for us and give us hope?
*T. Keller’s, “The King’s Cross” helped me to think through this passage in this way.