“…a vast multitude, hearing all the many things that He was doing, came to Him. And He told His disciples to have a little boat in [constant] readiness for Him because of the crowd, lest they press hard upon Him and crush Him.”
These words, from Mark 3 (Amplified) appear to describe the preparation Jesus made for self-protection and preservation.
At other times, we see Jesus simply walking through an angry crowd and going on his way. (Luke 4:30)
It is beyond the scope of this blog to talk about when and why Jesus accessed supernatural power, thus taking Him out of the scope of natural danger. For today, I want to think about why we might need “a little boat in constant readiness” and how we might secure one.
The “crowds” that threaten me are my thoughts, my memories and my fears. Added to these are feelings of helplessness, conflicting schedules and heart breaking stories. I need to keep three boats within easy reach so that I am not crushed.
The first is the embrace of His Presence. By keeping my eyes focused on the face of Jesus and my ears tuned to the voice of the Holy Spirit I have a refuge.
The second is the promises of God. I need to search His word and find a promise that applies to my “crowd.” If I don’t know what promise to claim, I can ask the Holy Spirit to lead me to one. Then I can “remind” God that this is what He said. We can “Stand on the Promises” as the old hymn says. It is best if we get a grip on one promise that specifically applies and then storm heaven with it.
The third boat is people who will pray. A pop up just came on my computer screen “You are now running on reserve battery power.” That happened to me this morning, emotionally and spiritually. I immediately emailed five friends who are interceding for me today.
I am glad Jesus gave us the picture of having a boat in constant readiness. Let’s check both the availability and condition of our boats. The crowds will keep pressing but we have access to protection.
I’d love to hear stories about your boats.