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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?
你的信心在哪里?

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.
其中几个门徒是经验丰富的水手。他们的第一反应是引导船穿越暴风雨。与他们同在的耶稣,当时在船舱里打盹,补充急需的休息。门徒们努力控制船只时,风暴变得更加猛烈。

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?”
担心船会沉没,他们会在海上迷失,门徒们下去请耶稣帮忙掌舵引导船穿过暴风雨。当他们唤醒救主时,他们问了一个问题:“老师,我们快要淹死了,你不在乎吗?”

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:
门徒们希望耶稣醒来帮助他们将船引出危险的水域。作为基督徒,我们常常认为耶稣在我们经历生命风暴时是在睡觉。当我们向他祷告时,我们的请求不是基于他的能力,而是基于我们的危机。耶稣和门徒之间的这一幕教给我们以下几个教训:

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.
耶稣从不睡觉:虽然他可能不会在我们希望的时候回应我们,但他非常清楚我们正在经历的考验和挑战,他会在适当的时候拯救我们。

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.
耶稣比我们的风暴更大:当我们经历艰难时期,很容易寻求上帝让他立即解决我们的麻烦。但我们所侍奉的上帝比我们的麻烦更大,他不仅能带我们穿过风暴,还能从我们的生活中移除风暴。

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.
跟随耶稣并不意味着你不会经历风暴:跟随主并不意味着我们永远不会经历风暴;实际上,跟随耶稣可能意味着更大的风暴。但我们有这样的应许:耶稣永远不会离开我们,也不会抛弃我们。住在我们里面的,比万有都大,我们还怕什么呢?

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.
耶稣从睡梦中醒来后,没有抓起桨帮助门徒划船到岸,而是对风和浪说:“住了吧,静了吧。”突然间,风平浪静了。

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.
亲爱的,愿上帝赐予你恩典,无论遇到什么风暴,都要对他抱有信心。

God bless you
上帝祝福你

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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3 comments

  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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