A Kingdom Leader takes careful note of those he is leading and developing. He recognizes their need to grapple with issues and learn new ways of thinking and approaching issues. He doesn't short circuit the lessons and rescue them from a struggling situation.
Jesus sees his disciples struggling at the oars from the mountainside above Capernaum. He is praying and observes the situation as it says in Mark 6:48. They were harassed, distressed and tortured by the waves and wind. It is interesting to note that Jesus leaves them in the tense situation. He doesn't even begin to go towards them until the fourth watch of the night which is 3 to 6 AM in the morning. But notice the intention of Jesus!
Mark 6:48 (NIV)
48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them.
Jesus desired to pass them by! He had already left them there for hours in the torturous situation. They were professional fishermen! They should be able to handle rough seas. But Jesus left them there for a purpose. They needed to learn.
Do you feel like Jesus leaves you in impossible situations? Where does your faith rest. . . is it in your abilities or God's abilities? A good leader takes note of his disciples but doesn't always rescue them from the situation. Maybe this is how they learn best.
Maybe the Lord wants you to learn a new truth to stabilize your faith in Him. He definitely sees us!
Cathy and Danny Sartin
The New International Version. (2011). (Mk 6:48). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
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Four decade veteran of youth ministry in churches, Youth For Christ and now is the Founder and Executive Director of Deeper Still Missions. Danny and his wife Cathy spend most of their time mentoring missionaries in Africa, Europe, Central America and North America. Future opportunities include South America and the Asia Pacific area.