And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”-Mark 4:37-41
It feels right now like a storm is raging and we are in the midst of it. The waves are breaking into our boat and it seems like it is filling. But God is not flustered. He isn’t paying attention to the storm. He’s in the stern taking a nap, because He’s in control.
There are two opposite worlds at work right now and they are colliding. One is the world that is controlled by satan, the prince of this world. The other is the world that is controlled by God Almighty, Creator and Overseer of both worlds. That God is the God who was asleep in the stern during a raging storm that had experienced, professional fishermen trembling in fear.
The disciples’ instinct was right on. They went directly to God for help in their time of desperate need. They were not very dignified about it but, nonetheless, they knew that their answer was there with them in that boat.
God repeats certain things throughout His Word, and one of them is that we are going to experience storms but if we trust in Him He will see us through those storms. He will lead us to peace. Paul said, “The Lord is at hand. Do not be anxious about anything.” (Philippians 4:5b-7) Jesus said to the disciples on the boat, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?”
I follow Jesus to learn from Him and to work on becoming like Him. In order to do that I must keep my focus on Him and believe what He tells me. There are times when I mess up and turn my eyes to the world, and become anxious about what I’m seeing. At those times I say to Him, “Do you not care that we are perishing?”
When I do, He says to me, “Why are you fearful? Where’s your faith?” He reminds me who it is that is overseeing all things. I must remind myself who He is. Then I can turn to Him knowing that, at the right time, his response is going to be, “Peace, be still!” And the storm will cease.
God has these stories in the Bible to serve a purpose. They let us know Him. They let us know how He handles storms. They let us know that He is calm through the raging storms because He is in control. God will always do what He says He will do, we just need to know what He says He’ll do and trust Him.
But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me. Rejoice not over me, O my enemies; when I fall, I shall rise! When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light for me! -Micah 7:7-8
Fear not! Stand firm! And see the salvation of the Lord. The Lord will fight for you, you have only to be still. –Exodus 14:13-14
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.-Isaiah 41:10