That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 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?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
What’s always funny to me about these verses is the fact that the disciples knew better than to freak out like that. I mean, at this point in their journey with Jesus, they had already seen Him turn water into wine, cast out demons, heal a paralyzed man, and even raise a widow’s son from the dead! But when this storm comes along, look at their response. Was it one of faith, courage, or empowerment? No. It was fear. That just seems so crazy to me. But when I take a step back and evaluate my own life, I can see the same fear is all too often evident in my own life. I find myself being fearful rather than being faithful.
Last Sunday we introduced a song called “Tremble,” and the opening verse is one of my all-time favorites.
“Peace, bringing it all to peace
The storm surrounding me
Let it break at Your name.
Still, call the sea to still
The rage in me to still
Every wave at Your name.”
This is the reality. As humans, our first response is often fear…fear of the unknown, fear of sickness, even fear of death. At face value, this is completely reasonable because that stuff is indeed scary. But the truth is this kind of fear has no place in the heart of the believer, because God the Father bankrupted heaven to send His Son to redeem His people. His Spirit dwells within us. And because of that, we don’t have to fear the wind and waves. The storms of life, and even the storms that rage in our hearts, are called to peace by Jesus. That’s who He is.