The next miracle in our series is Jesus calming the storm…This miracle is recorded for us in Matt 8:23-27, Mar 4:35-41, Luk 8:22-25.
Here, we find the Lord on a ship with his disciples. While they were sailing the ship, Jesus fell asleep in the back portion of the ship. We are told that, as they were sailing “there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy”. The disciples then go to Christ awaken Him and out of fear of their lives they say…. “Master, carest thou not that we perish? “ Christ then spoke to the storm, “Peace be still”. The storm calmed.
Christ then addressed his disciples correcting them, “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”. Their fear then changed from fear of their life to fear of the great power that Christ exhibited. “And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
The disciples’ great failure of faith was centered on their questioning of the Lord’s love and concern for their well-being. Remember what they said… “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” Their fear stemmed from their doubts about the Lord’s concern for them. I believe this is the basis of the Lord’s strong rebuke of their lack of faith. There was no excuse for them to doubt His love and care for them. It was obvious that they were surprised at His ability to calm the storm. In my mind, this was understandable, but to doubt His love and care for them could not be justified.
When faced with fearful, perhaps life threatening times in our lives, we should move our attention from the threat to our Lord’s love and concern for us. Did not the Lord prove His love for us by dying on the cross? Did He not show His care and concern by saving us from an eternity in the Lake of Fire? Then, surely, Him will care for us during this time of great adversity. Regardless of the severity of that which threatens us, if we know He cares for us, all is well. All things will work together for the good of those for which He cares.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we “Think On These Things”.
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