“Then he climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, for they still didn’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were too hard to take it in.”
Mark 6:51-52 (NLT)
Why is it so hard to believe? What is it about the supernatural that makes us so skeptical? Why is it we can experience a miracle one minute and doubt if God will help us in the next? The disciples had seen Jesus heal countless numbers of people. He just finished feeding thousands of people from a few loafs of bread and fish. And yet when they were in a battle for their life on the sea, they are shocked that Jesus could (or perhaps would) stop the raging sea. When explaining this mystery Mark simply says that “Their hearts were too hard to take it in.” And therein lies the problem . . . their hearts, their felt beliefs, their deep down gut level feeling that things are okay, were not softened by a relational belief system. Their hearts didn’t really know Jesus. They may have seen His power, but they did not see His motives. They weren’t convinced of His love for them. And neither are we. If we did, we would react differently to the storms we encounter. Instead we too doubt, cower in fear, or lash out in anger. All symbolic reactions to our confusion over who He is and what He wants to do. We wonder, are we lovable enough? Is He? And so we too don’t understand the significance of the miracle of the loaves. But we can! We can begin to understand, one day at a time, as we get to know Jesus better and better. Today, spend time with Him. Begin to know His heart and we will find ours begin to soften.
Lord Jesus, help me to know You better. I want to trust You more. I want to know Your heart, motives and wisdom. Help me know You more, love You more and then trust You in everything that comes my way.
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