In Matthew chapter 8 there is an unusual story. A story where Jesus seems harsh when He should have been understanding. The disciples are out on a boat when SUDDENLY a storm arose, not just any storm a fierce storm. The kind of storm that makes seasoned fisherman weak in the knees. The kind of storm that would make a non-sailor like Matthew cry out for help. Here’s the peculiar part though…Jesus was sleeping in the boat during this storm.
He seemed to be completely indifferent to their situation. They are working the rigging frantically. Maybe someone was bailing water as the waves spilled into the boat. Jesus slept.
There are times when suddenly we fighting for our lives: Cancer, bankruptcy, divorce, heart attack, unemployment, betrayal, addiction returning, child leaving the faith, jail, depression…and we call out “Help I’m being overwhelmed! I’m going under!” and there is no answer from heaven. This storm was like that. The sea raged. The boat rocked out of control. The men yelled in frantic fear. Jesus slept.
Mark’s version of the story includes and interesting twist…
Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” – Mark 4:38
Mark records what all of us think but most don’t dare speak. “Lord don’t you care that I’m suffering?” There’s an accusation sometimes in our prayers because we wonder if He truly cares.
The rest of Matthew chapter 8 was filled with the miracles and compassion of Jesus. A leper healed, a demon-possessed man set free, even Peter’s mother-in-law healed. (A blessing Peter never asked for haha.) Jesus taught them about faith with the Roman Centurian asked Jesus to “speak the word and my servant will be healed.”
In this context Jesus’ response makes perfect sense. He asks them, “Why are you afraid? and “Why do you have too little faith?” He must have thought: You’ve watch my miracles moments ago. You’ve learned of my authority over the circumstances of life. AND you know I’m right here with you. Why do you still doubt my love?
Max Lucado says that “Fear creates a form of spiritual amnesia.” (Fearless pg. 10) We forget how much God loves us and how He will never leave us or forsake us. Faith comes through hearing God’s word and remembering His love.
We start a series this week entitled: Fearless: Living a Life Free from Fear, Worry & Anxiety. Come learn how to overcome fear with faith so you can stand through life’s sudden storms.