Matthew 8:24-26 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
Without warning a storm can come. When something unexpected comes and threatens your life, you immediately go in to “fight or flight mode”. It takes a minute for the adrenaline to stop surging through your body or at least until the threat has lifted.
With so many threats swirling around us it’s enough to send us all into fight or flight mode. How do you not panic in a time like this?
Jesus and his disciples are on their way across the lake when a storm strikes out of nowhere! It’s a bad storm. The water is coming into the boat. It’s dark and they can’t see. They fear that the boat might capsize. There are no life jackets. There is no coastguard. The craziest thing is that Jesus is asleep!
Has there ever been a time in your life when you were in a storm but it seemed like Jesus was sleeping? The disciples wake Jesus up and tell him, “We are about to drown!” Jesus asks them, “Why are you so afraid?!” What? Jesus do you see what we see?
Why would they be afraid? It’s a bad storm. Water is getting in the boat. It looks like we might drown. Our miracle worker is sleeping.
Then Jesus gives us the answer to how we stay calm in a storm. He says, “oh you of little faith!” What good is faith in a storm?
- Faith should have acknowledged that Jesus was in the boat even though the storm was unexpected.
- Faith should have reminded them of the saving power of Jesus Christ.
- Faith should have had all of them crying out in prayer and not panic.
- Faith could have enabled them to speak calm to their storm or at minimum keep them calm in the storm.
Jesus speaks to the storm and the water immediately became calm. As quickly as it had started, it ended with one word from Jesus. What storm do you need to use your faith in? Remain calm and speak peace. Use your faith don’t lose your faith.
Thank you for bringing me peace in my storm. It can be paralyzing at times when things suddenly turn bad but realizing that you are there gives me strength. I speak peace and an end to the chaos.
In Jesus Name,