â€œAnd he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?â€ (Mark 4:38)
There are times when we have great problems and God seems to ignore our prayers, and finally we begin to wonder if He cares about us at all. There is no need to wonder. God cares about the sparrow, and He surely cares about His own dear children. If there is not some clear reason why He fails to answer (such as sin in our lives), then perhaps it is simply (as in Jobâ€™s case) a test of our faith.
When the disciples thought Jesus didnâ€™t care, He rebuked them thus: â€œWhy are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?â€ (Mark 4:40). Mary and Martha sent word that their brother Lazarus was deathly ill, but then Jesus â€œabode two days still in the same place where he wasâ€ (John 11:6). When the sisters complained about His delay, He replied: â€œSaid I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?â€ (John 11:40).
One day a woman of Canaan cried out to Him for mercy on her for her demon-possessed daughter, â€œbut he answered her not a word.â€ He seemed not to care, but she kept calling on Him and worshipping Him, until He finally said unto her: â€œO woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wiltâ€ (Matthew 15:23, 28).
The disciples and the sisters of Lazarus and the Canaanite woman all wondered at His seeming lack of concern, but He did care. He finally calmed the storm, and raised Lazarus, and healed the daughter. His delay was in order to test and strengthen their faith.
Can He not also test us, â€œthat the trial of your faith . . . though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christâ€ (1 Peter 1:7)? HMM