Pastor Tim Romero
2 minutes reading time (318 words)
Mark 6:45–46 (ESV): "45 Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray."
There are times in life when Jesus has to put us in a boat and let us toil against the current all night long to soften our hearts. Although He is always with us, sometimes He stays on the shore and prays for us to get a clue.
After the disciples returned from being sent out two by two Jesus intended to take them to a desolate place for rest. A huge crowd showed up and the disciples wanted to send them away for dinner but Jesus said "you give them something to eat." They didn't want to serve the multitude for they were growing a little hardhearted. After the multitude ate Jesus told His disciples to get into the boat while He stayed dismissing the crowd. As they rowed against the current not making any headway Jesus went up on the mountain to pray.
Have you ever wondered why life can be so hard at times? Many of us never ponder the thought that perhaps Jesus is trying to soften us in some way. He uses difficulty to tenderize our hearts when they are growing hard. Next time you are struggling against the current take a moment to ask the Lord to show you what He is trying to teach you. The quicker we learn the lesson the easier the lesson becomes, amen?
Father, we thank You for the lessons You put in our lives to keep our hearts soft. Help us to learn quickly so we can be more effective for Your glory. Better yet, protect our hearts from becoming hard we pray in Jesus' name, amen.