Jesus Calms the Storm – Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25
In three accounts of the Gospels in the New Testament, we encounter a miracle of Jesus that is well known. A story we all know and love because it showcases so much of who Jesus is. But how many times do we “speed read” passages such as this one, brushing over what Jesus shows about Himself and what we should learn about faith from this story.
In a nutshell, in any of the accounts you read the disciples follow Jesus into a boat after He shares many stories called parables. A big, rough storm comes and sweeps over the boat and Jesus was asleep. The disciples shook Him, woke Him up and He rebuked them because they had such little faith and the disciples were in total awe that the winds and waves obeyed Him.
This passage shows me so many things about Jesus. First of all, just like we do, He needed rest. Not just a nap but a full-on slumber that a terrible storm could not wake Him from. What true humanity this shows of Him during His time on earth? Not only that, but in the midst of it all He knew the storm would come before the disciples ever stepped into the boat. Has that ever crossed your mind? Even seeing His miracles and listening under the sound of His voice, the disciples still doubted Him. When the storm came the Bible says the disciples shook Him until He awoke and calmed the storm. How often do I struggle to stay afloat in my own boat and feel the need to shake Jesus awake to tell Him what He already knows?
I know Jesus is fully capable of calming my own storm.
I know He’s in my corner, on my team and in my boat at all times.
Before I “stepped into the boat” of becoming a believer He knew what storms I would have to encounter in my time on earth. And He also knew the times I would doubt, shake Him awake and tell Him what He already knows because of His omniscience.
Faith and doubt cannot both reside as passengers of the same boat.
We will encounter storms in our time here on earth and our boat will be shaken. But we serve a mighty, powerful God who is all-knowing, ever-present and never gives up on our doubting hearts.
This passage reminds me of two of my favorite worship songs – The Rock Won’t Move by Vertical Church Band and Oceans by Hillsong. Lyrics from both are below. If you have never listened to either one, check them out. They are two songs that God has used so evidently in my life over the last year.
”When the ground beneath my feet gives way
and I hear the sound of crashing waves
and all my world is washing out to sea.
I’m hidden safe in the God who never moves,
holding fast to the promise of Your truth
that You’re holding tighter still to me.”
-The Rock Won’t Move
“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
let me walk upon the water wherever You would call me.
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.”