The Light Washed Path

GETTING TO THE OTHER SIDE-2 “The Grace Is There”

Mark 4:35 On that day, when evening came, He said to them (His disciples), “Let us go over to the other side.”

Mark 4:36 Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.

Mark 4:37 And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.

Mark 4:38 Jesus Himself 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?”

Mark 4:39 And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.

Mark 4:40 And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Mark 4:41 They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”

Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,

From part one, “Through A Glass Darkly”…

Life is a series of “crossings to the other side”, all within our one life-long journey to eternity. With callings, God is drawing us forward, into His will. If He knows that it’s important for you to get into the boat and cross over to the other side, then it’s often in your best interest not to tell you about the storm that will arise in the middle of your journey. Otherwise, you may not be so willing to get in that boat. Or your trip might be filled with such anxiety, that you’re ready to abandon ship with every gust or wave. If we knew the trials and tribulations life’s choices would bring us to, we’d likely never make them. In 1 Corinthians 13:12 Paul writes:

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

God condescends to our weakness, leading us with limited views of His will for us, until we are strong enough to see the whole picture.

And now, “Grace Is There”…

If God hides approaching trouble; if He chooses not to tell us of the tribulations that are waiting for us, as we pursue His will; then He has taken the responsibility upon Himself to provide grace for us to overcome them. Some get angry with God, accusing Him of leading them into miseries for which they were unprepared. But are we unprepared? What could the disciples have done more, to be prepared against the storm that would arise upon the sea that night? Sure, they might have waited till morning, or taken the land route. But the Lord DID say, “Let’s take the boat over to the other side” In reality, they had all they needed to weather the storm right there in the boat with them. They had Jesus. And surely Jesus hadn’t led them out there to die; although that thought did occur to them:

Mark 4:38 Jesus Himself 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?”

The fact is, that there was grace already prepared for them to overcome the threat of capsizing in the storm. It was right there in the command Jesus had given them:

Mark 4:35 On that day, when evening came, He said to them (His disciples), “Let us go over to the other side.”

Jesus didn’t say, “Let’s TRY and get to the other side.” And He didn’t say, “There’s a storm on the sea, but let’s see if we can make it through”. And He certainly didn’t say, “Let’s go out there and drown in the sea.” He actually used the phrase “go over”. And the disciples had their assurance that Jesus intended to “go over” whatever was between them and “the other side”.

Here is a key in detecting the grace God places in our circumstances:

Any command of scripture or directive from the Lord, is at the very same time, a revelation of your liberties and abilities in Him. Whatever He commands, YOU can do (through Him).

When He says, “Take up your cross and follow Me.” You have just been told what you are able to do. When Peter questioned Jesus about what they (the disciples) could expect as a result of leaving home and family to follow Him, Jesus responded by saying:

Mark 10:29 …Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospelís,

Mark 10:30 But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

When Christians face tribulations in their cross-bearing journey with Jesus, the Lord has already built in a Word of Grace, promising family, friends and provisions. Though persecutions will be present, these blessings of grace are promised also.

So why should the Lord burden us with the details of approaching trials and tribulations, when He has already prepared us with the promises of His provisions to focus upon? He knows we will need them. So are we truly “unprepared” for unseen troubles, if we have been given His Word of grace in advance? The answer lies with our responsibility to pay attention to what He says.

Mark 4:40 And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

The Lord had expected His disciples to mitigate their fears of the storm with His command to “cross over”.

In reaching the “other side”, there are unspecified trials, for which we have already been provided with necessary grace and deliverance. If we but only pay attention, the provision is in the very Word, upon which we commenced our journey.

More on reaching the other side tomorrow, so until then…

Stay on The Path!