In the Book of Mark 4: 40, Jesus asked these questions in the midst of trial & tribulation ( storm ) His disciples faced, a lively environment to foster His teaching on both: the source of faith required, and the nature of the Master.
Literally, Jesus used this opportunity to express His power over the storms of life and experience them alongside us. He loves us, and are willing to saves us from them, for us to believe He is reliable, then trust Him more and more.
Above this straightforward understanding , they are much more to learn from the attitude of Jesus in front of fearful so-called ” trial & tribulation ” for us:
- does sometimes seem that God is ignoring you when you need him most?
How hard it can be to trust in God’s timing. We are a people who want what we want and would prefer it right now. Sometimes it seems as if time in which He is not aware of the desires of our hearts – Isaiah 40: 31 ” But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary they will walk and not be faint. “;
- as a trial you’ve gone through made you stronger spiritually?
Hosea 4: 6 ” My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge, because you have rejected knowledge. I will also reject thee, that thou shall be no priest to me: seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget you. ” Furthermore, Isaiah 5: 13 ” and so you will be carried away as prisoners. Your leaders will starve to death, and the common people will die of thirst. ” Obviously, when there is no God’s Word, there is no knowledge, in common words, there no instruction on what to do, no Word, no genuine faith.
- why does God let us suffer trials if he loves us?
The Bible clearly teaches that God loves those who are His children; and works all things together for good for us – Romans 8: 28 ” We know that in all things God works for good with those who love him, those whom he has called according to his purpose. ” So that must mean that the trial & tribulation He allows in our lives are part of the working together of all things for good. Therefore, for the believer, all trials & tribulation must have a divine purpose.
- do you feel that Jesus should keep you from going through trials?
It is part of the process of sanctification being set apart for God’s purposes and fitted to lives for his glory. The true believer’s faith will be made sure by the trials we experience so that we can rest in knowledge that is real and will last forever.
We must be careful never to makes excuses for our trial & tribulation. If they are the result of our wrong doing. ( 1 Peter 4: 15 ) We still have to suffer the natural consequences of our sins and bad choices.