There’s a great storm
outside today. The winds are incredible, the waves and surge are high,
and I am very grateful not to be out on a boat!
Read Matthew 6:18-27, where we find Jesus and His disciples
out on a boat, in much the same climate as we have here today.
- And Jesus is down in the cabin sleeping -
The men, however, were not sleeping. They were witnessing the
boat being covered with waves. They could see, and feel, every movement
of the rolling and crashing waves, hearing the creaking of the boards under the
deafening sounds of the gusting, howling winds; it was all very real, and quite
literally, in their face at the moment. The circumstance was scary in any
After witnessing all the miracles that Jesus had done in the
past several days, they went and woke Him up saying,
“Save us, Lord; we are perishing!”
If anyone could save, it was Jesus!
They wake Jesus, who then rebukes them, saying,
“‘Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?’
Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea,
and it became perfectly calm.”
So many thoughts came to mind as I read the story:
1) The disciples were human and wanted out of their current
scary circumstance, quick. - I relate to that, I'm guessing you do too.
I’d much prefer not to endure rough seas in any analogy of life. I even
complain when it's too windy, like today (I'm sincerely going to try not to
complain, but instead, be thankful I can be indoors, and pray for His peace in
2) The disciples knew who to ask for help, even though they
really had no way of knowing what He’d do about it (that’s evidenced by their
reaction in v. 27, when they were “amazed, and said, ‘What kind of a
man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?’”) Asking
God for help is as quick as a prayer, and should always be our first line of
defense in any situation.
3) They were men of little faith. They traveled with
Jesus and witnessed miracle after miracle, but still...with their heightened
senses fixated on the situation they became fearful, even though Jesus was on
board. - I'm so glad that God never slumbers or sleeps (Psalms 121:2-4)
but knows all that is going on in our lives? If we truly believe that, then our
faith should be bigger than our situation. The answer then, is to have
big faith. He's a big God, and can handle any of the things that cause us
fear. (Hint - if your faith is shaky, get into the Bible - "Faith
comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." Romans 10:17)
4) You know what really hit me? This thought - Jesus
wasn’t saying they should have faith in Him to calm the storm (even though He
did). He was rebuking them for not having faith IN the storm. He rebuked
them for having to come wake Him up rather than themselves resting in the
storm. - Like the disciples, I want out of any storm,
fast! Uncomfortable with all my senses are feeling, I just want it gone,
but Jesus rebukes them for their lack of faith IN the situation. He
wasn’t concerned about the storm, He was sleeping, because He knew His Father
and He trusted Him. The disciples should have known the Father, too,
Jesus had been revealing Him all along.
With all the miracles these men had witnessed, and knowing
Who was on board, they still had more fear than faith. Jesus says, "you
men of little faith." Perhaps they didn't know Him as well as
they could have by this time. Perhaps they didn't know His Father as
intimately as they should. Nor the power source, for all Jesus Himself
For whatever reason, their faith was swamped by fear. -
I think how often we allow the same to take place in our own minds and
hearts. Fear and worry are just lies that say God is not big enough.
But, Oh, what amazing grace, that God would continuously and
instantly give us peace and calm, not only from the storm, but even more so, IN
the storm. The juxtaposition - His peace is as palpable as the wind
and seas that rage. He, by His Spirit, makes it possible to be in the
storm and yet have total peace, it's the blessed fruit of walking in fellowship
Jesus asks, "Why are you afraid?" Do
you just need to stop the lies? Do you need to know Him better? Do you
need to pray? Perhaps we should just follow the instructions in Hebrews
12:2 and "fix our eyes on the author and perfecter of our
faith" instead of fixating on the storm. Christ
exampled total trust in His Father. Total acceptance of the work of the
Spirit. Total faith. He rested IN the storm. You and I can do
Whatever storm you may be encountering today - breathe a
prayer, denounce the lies, remember His word, and have big faith!
"My help comes from the Lord, who made
heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps
you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber
Father, praise You that You never
slumber nor sleep, Thank You for always being ready and willing to help in
whatever circumstance we are in. Praise You that what seems scary to us
is nothing in light of Your power and abilities, and that as we trust You that
Your Spirit fills us with peace. Help each one today, in whatever they
face, to trust You completely. Quickly provide Your peace and comfort to
these dear ones today. I pray in the name of Your precious Son, our
Savior, Jesus Christ, and thank You for His example to trust You all the way to
the cross and back. Praise You, Dear Lord, Amen.