Faith in the Midst of Storms (Through the Gospels)

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"And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, 'Save us, Lord; we are perishing.' And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” ^Matthew 8:23-26.

Jesus sleeps while the disciples panic. Jesus has peace while the disciples are in turmoil. Both the disciples and Jesus are in the same storm, but their reactions are the complete opposite from each other. 

Why? 

Jesus has something they do not. Jesus has absolute authority and confidence in God the Father. Jesus is not moved by the circumstances that He finds Himself in. Jesus is not moved by what He sees, fears or feels. Jesus is only moved by God. 

Jesus knows that there is no situation or environment that He can find Himself in that His Father doesn’t have absolute control over. For Jesus, peace is not the absence of chaos but confidence in God in the middle of chaos. Jesus responds to the disciples' fear with, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith” (Matthew 8:26).

Why does Jesus rebuke them when they came to Him for help? It was because Jesus was trying to teach them a lesson on faith. Faith is most needed when we are in storms. You and I do not need faith when things are going our way. It is only when hardship, trails, confusion and demonic attack comes our way, that faith becomes our weapon of choice. Jesus wants the disciples not to panic but to have peace. 

Are you in a storm? Put your faith in God and watch the storm subside. Watch the winds of the world that give you anxiety and fear bow at the name of Jesus. Put your trust in Him. 

William ChungComment