Mark tells us it was because their hearts were still hard (Mark 6:52). Even though they had witnessed the multiplication of the loaves, they couldn’t quite grasp who Jesus was. And even after Jesus rose from the dead, many of them still didn’t believe. But despite their weaknesses, the disciples persevered. What kept them going? What gave them the strength to lay the foundation for the church we see today?
The only credible answer to this question is: “God came to them!” when the disciples were cowering in their storm-tossed boat, Jesus came to them and said, “Take courage. It is I, do not be afraid!” It wasn’t their great speaking ability or tremendous courage that made such a huge impact on the world.
It was his presence that gave them the power and boldness to keep going! Many times we are like the disciples, worn out from dealing with the storms of life. During these times of stress, we may think that putting more time and effort into solving the problem is the answer. But then we realize that “a king is not saved by a mighty army, nor a warrior delivered by great strength” (Psalm 33:16). We see how limited our own resources are and we know that only God can help us.
Though you can’t see him, know that Jesus Christ knows everything going on in your life. He is watching you, just as he watched the apostles from the shore, ready to come to your aid. But he is even closer than he was to them! Through his Holy Spirit he is already within you