"And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." 26 And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?"
The disciples followed Jesus to the other side of the Sea of Galilee after hearing Jesus' remarks concerning the conditions of following Him, "Leave everything and follow Me." Jesus went to sleep in the boat as the disciples rowed the three or four miles to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.
Severe storms would arise quickly and unexpectedly on the Sea of Galilee. Many time these storms would even take the lives of even experienced fishermen. There was a healthy fear of getting caught in a storm while out in the middle of the Sea.
Jesus and the disciples found themselves in one of these severe storms. Looks at the two different reactions to this difficult circumstance. Jesus slept. The disciples became afraid of perishing in the storm.
What did Jesus know that enabled Him to sleep in a storm that seasoned fishermen feared? He knew the power He had and the mission He was to complete, God's will for His life. The knowledge He had enabled Him to sleep even in the midst of unexpected life threatening circumstances.
The disciples were in the same unexpected life threatening circumstances and were wide-eyed with fear. They were afraid they would die. Jesus diagnosed their condition, "O you of little faith."
The disciples focused on their own capabilities instead of the capabilities of the Lord. The disciples did not know the power God had to get them through such danger to complete the work He had given them to do.
Paul was in a similar unexpected life threatening situation on a ship to Rome. In Acts 23:11 the Lord had promised Paul he would testify about Him in Rome. Acts 27:13-44 reveals Paul's faith in the Lord's promise to get Him to Rome. Paul didn't stay in fear of the life threatening situation, but was encouraged by the Lord's ability to keep His promise.
We will be thrust into unexpected situations that severely threaten our well-being. Let the following Scriptures bolster your faith and allay your fears.
John 15:16, "You did not choose me, but I chose you and assigned you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you."
Matthew 28:19-20, "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Philippians 2:13, "for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure."
Philippians 1:6, "And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ."
Isaiah 41:10, "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Psalm 138:8, "The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever."
The Lord has given us everything we need and will need to complete the work He has given us to do. We can leave fear behind as we walk by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ who loved us and gave Himself for us. We can sleep in the midst of unexpected threatening circumstances because we know the Lord Jesus, His power and His love for us.
Jesus can calm the winds and waves that threaten our life.
Lord, increase our faith.
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