In the gospel of Matthew, there’s the account of Jesus and his disciples in the boat during a great storm, a storm that was so violent that the sea-faring disciples thought they were going to drown. Jesus was sleeping, so they woke him. Then we have these famous words of Jesus,
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.
Most of the time, when we apply this account to our lives we take comfort in the reality that Jesus calms the storms. But as I was reading today, it occurred to me that calming the storm was a rebuke. Jesus asked them during the storm, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Even in the midst of the storm, he was telling them they shouldn’t be afraid. He was with them. And to prove they should’t be afraid, he calmed the storm. But he rebuked them because they shouldn’t have been afraid even in the storm, because he was with them.
Is he with you any less right now? He’s actually closer to you than he was to the disciples in the boat at that moment. They didn’t have the Holy Spirit residing in them at that moment. Jesus said it was better for him to leave and send the Holy Spirit to us. That means we’re actually closer to him right now than the disciples were then. So, does he need to rebuke you for your fear of life’s storms?
If the weather is under his control, do you think there is anything in your life that isn’t under his control? Jesus is so worthy of our trust and faith that we should develop the same attitude he had during the storm — content enough to sleep, even during an extremely rough patch.
He controls the storm, because he brought the storm. You can cling to the side of the boat in your life and scream that you’re going to perish or you can close your eyes and rest because he controls the storm you’re in. You can rest because you know he can stop it at any moment.
But the best reason to rest is that you know he is with you... whatever you're going through.
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