Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, 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.
The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
My heart is steadfast, O God,
my heart is steadfast;
Without warning a furious storm came into the disciples’ lives. They were afraid, fearing for their lives. The worst storms are like that – they come without warning. Maybe the disciples would be fearing less if they had had time to prepare for the storm. They didn’t and now fear consumed them. Contrast them with Jesus… He was sleeping. No concern. No fear. Not even awareness of the storm, apparently. The disciples wake Him and He chides them, “You of little faith…” Then Jesus rebukes the storm and all is calm. Awe and worship come from the disciples. “Who is this that even the wind and waves obey Him?”
I get weary of the storms. The toughest ones… the most furious ones seem to come without any warning. I strain, I stress, I fear – Jesus is at peace. Heaven is never surprised by these storms. God doesn’t worry about them. What’s more, He allows them into my life for some reason. It’s probably so I will trust Him and not fear… that my faith in Him will increase. What’s reassuring in the text is that it is Jesus who rebukes the storm.
Lord, I exchange the fear of unexpected furious storms for the peace of Your Lordship. Will you rebuke the wind and waves for me today? I will rest in You and bring You glory this day. You are awesome! There is no one like You.