What are you afraid of?
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he (Jesus) 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?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even when and see obey him?” Matthew 8:23-27
This is a familiar Bible story for those who have been raised in the church. How often do you think of this incident in the life of Christ and apply it to your own life? We see that the son of God has power over the elements of nature. This isn’t such a strange idea for those who know Genesis 1. We see all three parts of the Trinity in Genesis 1 as God created all things.
The Sea of Galilee is impressive when you see it. You look over this vast body of water and then see how the boats of that day were not huge. While visiting in Galilee and watching this, it would not take much to swamp a boat and sink it. Some of Jesus disciples were experienced fishermen from that sea. Fishing was usually done at night and they were traveling at night from one town to another. Storms on this sea can come up quickly. These men were terrified that they were about to die.
Can you imagine being in a storm like this? The boat must have really been rocking even though Jesus was asleep. These disciples had seen Jesus and his miraculous work with the sick and casting out demons. Yet, when it came to their own lives, they looked for help believing they were going to die. They didn’t know what Jesus was able to do to help them, but that didn’t stop them. Jesus responded to them and this fear by saying, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”. We know the rest as Jesus calm the seas and the wind and they continued sailing to their destination. The disciples just marveled.
We have had COVID 19 with us for almost a year. Some of you may have had this virus affect you. I was very sick last March and wondered if I had it, but I didn’t. Sometimes I feel like Paul as he tells us during the persecution that the Lord was in control. If he were to die it be good, for he would die in Christ. If he were to live it would be good, because God still had things for him to do. Fear is something we all experience.
What are you afraid of? This could be many things such as; diseases like heart and cancer, financial loss, loss of friends and family, loss of your job and your plans for the future, and failure. I’m sure you could come up with other fears that you may have.
How many times in our life are we like the disciples? We look at our situation and all we can see is fear. Then the words of Jesus come into our heads; “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?”. After all, being children of God, means we have nothing to fear because God is with us. We don’t have to fear what is going to happen when we die, for we will receive eternal life with God. We may go through different kinds of suffering, but God will be with us.
It would be easy to be like the disciples and trust in ourselves to get us out of the situations. This is the way the world looks at it. This is our message to the world in times of suffering. Jesus came into the world in order that we might be right with God, righteousness. We know John 3:16, but now look at verse 17; “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” Through faith we are able to trust in the Lord! This is our message to the world, go and spread it.
Walk with God this week and talk to Him.