These current times can be difficult, full of storms, some of hurricane force. They can try to batter us into submission and even despair. When the force of negative winds blast our life, how do we stand strong against them? When total financial disaster seems sure, when the sickness seems overwhelming, when the relationship seems hopeless, where can we go? How do we stand strong?
It brings to my mind the time when an exhausted Jesus got into a boat with His disciples to go to the other side of the sea, then promptly fell deeply asleep. Not long after, a ferocious storm came up. Even though they were fishermen and use to storms, this one caused fear to rise up in them. So it must have been quite severe.
The apostles response was to wake Jesus, because they knew He could help them. But they did not trust Him to help them when He was asleep. They knew His intent was to go to the other side, but the storm scared all thoughts out of them. They did not see who Jesus truly is nor the big picture of the work they were doing with Jesus. Fear totally overcame them.
So they woke Jesus thinking they would die if they did not. When they woke Jesus, He called them ‘men of little faith’:
And after He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly, behold, there arose a violent storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered up by the waves; but He was sleeping. And they went and awakened Him, saying, Lord, rescue and preserve us! We are perishing! And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness). And the men were stunned with bewildered wonder and marveled, saying, What kind of Man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him! Matthew 8:23-27 (Amplified Bible)
The apostles did not trust Jesus to protect them if He was asleep. Are we that way too? Jesus told us He would never leave us, yet how do we react in the middle of our harsh storms? Are we willing to ‘ride out the storm’ knowing we are in God’s hands and trust in Him? Or do we panic thinking He is sleeping and we will perish?
There are many lessons in this Scripture. Care to share what it speaks to you?