This morning I read the story of Jesus and the disciples in the boat, a storm coming upon them, the disciples reaction, and Jesus calming the storm.
Jesus is asleep in the boat and a storm comes upon them, the boat is sinking, and they panic.
Mark 4:38 says “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Jesus gets up, commands the wind and the rain to stop and then in all the Gospel accounts asks them a piercing question:
Where is your faith? (Luke 8:25)
When we are in a storm, where is our faith? The disciples were right to come to Jesus, but it didn’t seem as though they really believed he could solve their situation. Are we like the disciples, that we possibly go to Jesus without a clear understanding of the unlimited power at His hand? Or when we go to God, do we understand who we are in Christ? Holy and dearly loved? (Col 3)
In a storm, it is a battle of faith. A battle to believe. ESV study bible note on Mark 4:40 says “The antidote to fear is faith” Like the disciples, when we are in a storm we are scared and sometimes we panic. Sometimes we might even go to God, but do we remember the power of the one we are going to? Do we remember the identity we have in Christ, that he won for us on his cross?
The battle in the storm is a battle to believe the simple, yet profound truth of the Gospel – that Christ died to reconcile us to God by paying the debt that we owed for our sin, and that it was fully paid there is no outstanding balance – and that if we are in Christ we are blameless, without reproach, clean and pure in Christ. The perfect life Christ lead here on Earth is actually credited to us by faith in Him. May we go to God today thru Christ, knowing who it is we are going to, not in a panic, but with a firm faith that he is sovereign, in control, and that we are dearly loved by him in Christ. Don’t have that faith today? Ask him, pray for him to increase your faith in him, and believe that he is a rewarder of those who seek him. (Heb 11:6)