I’ll admit it. I struggle with trust. Trusting God with every single miniscule area of my life. Not because God isn’t who the Bible describes Him: Faithful, constant, enduring. Rather it’s my own faithlessness that troubles me.
I recently created a Bible Study Our Faithful Faithful God, which we discover God’s faithfulness to His people Israel, despite their lack of, and how it correlates with our lives.
Do you struggle with trusting God? At all times? Declaring God’s faithfulness is easy when life is bliss. When nothing threatens our peace. Our health is good. Our children are well. When everything is peachy pie.
But what about when, like the disciples, your boat is being tossed by the stormy waves and the cold salty sea is pouring into it? The 12 discovered a new unfamiliar way of handling storms-the real ones and the ones life throws at us.
Matthew 8 tells of the disciples following Jesus into a nearby boat. When they were some ways out, the peace they were enjoying at being with Jesus, flew the coop. A great storm arose and tossed their boat. The waves crashed into the boat as it tossed back and forth on the sea. They were terrified!
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt helpless and out of control? The results of whatever you are facing have nothing to do with you manipulating the outcome? You’ve done all you can do and there’s nothing left? All you can do is throw your hands up and see what the outcome is. These are some of the hardest trying times in our lives. When we are on the boat, in the middle of the sea, in a great storm, and there’s nothing we can do about it.
You know the root of the disciples’ tormenting fear, and of ours in these moments. The fact they were no longer in control. There was nothing they could do to stop the raging.
So, what was Jesus doing in all this commotion? Matthew 8:24 says, “Jesus was asleep.” Isn’t that comforting? It is for me, and let me tell you why. If my Savior was afraid of such a furious storm, if He coward in the corner, or fretted about the destiny of His life and the disciples, it would prove He was just a weak simple man. No different from you and me.
But because He slept, proving He was not touched by the threat of the storm, He truly is my Savior. If He can face the storms, without fear, then we too can face the storms in our own lives, because He is with us.
Oh, but it gets better. Listen to his response to the disciples, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” (v. 26). Jesus was apparently neither of these. He questions them in a way that suggests they should not be either.
There are two conclusions we derive from His response here:
1) Question One: When Jesus asked, “Why the fear?” We come to understand that the storm was not worth fearing. The great wind that tossed the boat. The water that was flooding in. None of it was worthy of worry.
The disciples obviously saw these as threats upon their lives. Who wouldn’t? (Other than Jesus of course) Ultimately they were fearing the end result: death.
They were pleading with Jesus to save them. Didn’t He care about their lives? Why was He sleeping at a time like this? Not even the threat of death was to be feared.
Conclusion: Jesus simply wasn’t moved; therefore, any circumstance we face in life, is never means to fear.
2) Question Two: Jesus finished the question up with, “O you of little faith?”
Where did they fail to place their focus? God, of course. The One who holds our days in His hands. The One who knows everything that is to come in our lives and only allows what He sees is needed.
Their fearful response reflected the focus of their faith. It was in their own power to save, and they knew they couldn’t do anything about it now.
Conclusion: There is a rest that comes when we put our faith/trust in God alone.
So the next time you find yourselves on a boat, in the middle of the sea, and a raging storm at your back, rest, you have nothing to fear.
“Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7).
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