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Where Is Your Faith? (Chinese/English)

Mark 4:39-40
马可福音 4:39-40

39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. 40 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
39耶稣醒了,斥责风,向海说:“住了吧!静了吧!”风就止住,大大地平静了。 40耶稣对他们说:“为什么胆怯?你们还没有信心吗?”

Where is YOUR faith?

This question was asked by Jesus to His disciples – The ones He had chosen to follow Him;  The ones who had seen the miracles He performed;  The ones who sat at His feet and listened to His teaching.  What prompted Him to ask this question was the most recent incident in which Jesus and His disciples were sailing across the Sea of Galilee.  While on the sea, the disciples encountered a storm.
这个问题是耶稣问他的门徒们的 —— 他所选择跟随他的人;那些见证了他所行的神迹的人;那些坐在他脚前听他教导的人。之所以问这个问题,是因为刚发生的一件事情,在这件事中耶稣和他的门徒们正在加利利海上航行。在海上时,门徒们遇到了暴风雨。

Several of the disciples were experienced sailors.  Their immediate response was to guide the boat through the storm.  Jesus who was with them, was in the hull of the boat taking a much needed nap.  As the disciples worked to control the boat, the storm grew worse.

Fearing that the boat would sink and they would be lost at sea, the disciples went down to ask Jesus to help them steer the boat through the storm.  As they shook the Savior out of His sleep, they asked the question, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

The disciples wanted Jesus to wake up and help them steer the boat out of dangerous waters.  As Christians, we often think that Jesus is asleep when we are going through the storms of life.   And when we pray to Him, our request are not based on His ability, but rather on our crisis.  This episode between Jesus and the Disciples teaches us the following lessons:

1) Jesus is never asleep: although He may not respond to us when we want Him to, He is well aware of the trials and challenges we are going through, and He will deliver us in due time.

2) Jesus is greater than our storms:  When we are going through tough times, it is easy to seek God for an immediate fix to our trouble.  But the God we serve is greater than our trouble and He is able not only to take us through our storm, but to remove the storm from our lives.

3) Following Jesus does not mean you will not experience storms:  Following the Lord does not mean we will never go through storms; in fact, following Jesus may mean greater storms.  But we have this promise: Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us.  And greater is He who is us that He who is in the world.

After waking Jesus from sleep, instead of grabbing a paddle to help the disciples row the boat to shore, Jesus spoke to the winds and the waves and said, “Peace Be Still.” All of a sudden there was calm.

Once all was calm, Jesus responded to the question of His disciples by asking a question of His own, “Where is Your faith?”  In asking this question, Jesus was asking, “Where is Your faith in the midst of the storm?”  “Where is your faith during Coronavirus?”  “Where is your faith when the economy is facing a downturn?”
当一切平静下来,耶稣回答他的门徒的问题时,也提出了他自己的问题:“你们的信心在哪里?” 通过提出这个问题,耶稣是在问:“在风暴中,你们的信心在哪里?” “在冠状病毒期间,你的信心在哪里?” “当经济面临衰退时,你的心在哪里?”

Beloved, may God grant you the grace to have faith in Him, no matter what storms may come your way.

God bless you

About Keith H

Hello everyone, my name is Keith or kk. I am a christian writer and teacher living in Nanjing China Teaching both online and in person, Have several students. Am married to a wonderful chinese lady called Helen with a beautiful 27 year old daughter called sherry, she is a ba in fine arts from brandon university in Canada

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  1. Greatly stated! You shared details in a way that should strengthen our faith and straighten up our conduct about life when we know our Savior as we ought. I enjoyed your responses to this interaction which took place in this incident that will be helpful in correcting our way of thinking with our natural minds and redirecting our behavior, beliefs, and relationship with our Lord to give Him due honor.

  2. Amen!!!!
    Well done, great words and message!
    Thank you Keith!
    God Bless~

  3. bless you for your kind words

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