When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then He asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
The disciples were absolutely terrified. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. ‘Even the wind and waves obey Him!” (Luke 4:39-41)
Matthew, Mark, and Luke give an account of a day when Jesus and His disciples got in a boat to cross over the Sea of Galilee when suddenly a great storm broke out. The waves and winds were tossing the boat to and fro. Water was getting into the boat and they were in real danger. Mean while Jesus was resting, taking a nap. Luke says the disciples woke Him up shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” (Mark 4:38)
Is this you? Is your life in the middle of a storm? Are the cares of this life tossing you around and making you feel unstable in your faith? Are the winds causing you to panic and forget Jesus is in the boat and everything is going to be OK? He does care! When you go through deep waters, He will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown.” (Isaiah 43:2)
Jesus asked them “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” These guys spent intimate time with Jesus. He spoon fed them the Word of God. He personally taught them about kingdom matters. They saw Him do many miracles, heal the sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead. What would it take for them to reject fear and put all of their faith in Christ Jesus? What will it take for us to be sure without a doubt He will never leave or forsake us?
Jesus is our Savior. He died a brutal death for us so we could have peace, not like the world gives, but peace which surpasses all understanding as we trust in Him to see us through every situation. Remember the words in Isaiah 53:5,
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. He suffered so we could have freedom in Him. We don’t have to be fretful, defeated Christians. We are supposed to be sure without a doubt our Lord is faithful. We are to be at peace knowing our Lord is on our side no matter what we see going on around us. We are supposed to be at peace knowing no weapon formed against us will prosper and we can overcome all things through Christ who strengthens and empowers us by the power of His Holy Spirit.
To the reader who has been fighting against the lies of the enemy; to the reader who has been fighting anxiety and fear about your calling or the changes which are to come in your life; to the reader who has allowed the storm to wear them down and has almost lost hope, I say, “Be still and know He is God.” In the name of Jesus I rebuke the wind and the waves in your life and I say, ‘Silence! Be still!”
Our Lord is saying to you right now, “Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]”John 14:27
Be encouraged. Take heart.
Lord, help us to not allow ourselves to be so agitated and disturbed to the point where we allow ourselves to be so overwhelmed with fear and anxiety we become cowardly. Help us to be strong and courageous in the midst of life’s storms. Remind us you have not left us but you are still in our boat. We are not alone. We trust and believe in you. “In Jesus’ name.” Amen.