And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
The disciples had been with Jesus for some time and had heard His teaching and seen some miracles at this point. But when this storm comes, they are full of doubt and fear. Fear often pierces our hearts when we are faced with things that are out of our control, when things seem bigger and stronger than us and beyond what we can deal with, and when we are full of uncertainty. The disciples didn’t want to die. They didn’t know how they could get out of this situation. They felt helpless.
How is it that we are so fearful? Sometimes it is just that our faith is lacking. We have a little when we should have much. We don’t trust enough or believe enough in all that Jesus is. We may go along fine for a while, watching Jesus meet profound needs and do amazing things in the lives of others. But when it is our life at stake, suddenly doubt can flood in. When the storm hits our life, we can’t always see a way out, even though Jesus is with us.
The disciples in this situation were certain of their own death, not certain of the power of Jesus. And when they cry out to Him, He rebukes them before He rebukes the wind and the waves. It is a question we must confront in ourselves, as well. Why are we so fearful? Do we doubt the power of our all-powerful God? Do we not trust Him fully? Do we doubt His goodness or His love? Are we unwilling to place our lives completely in His hands? Do we allow the things we see around us to overwhelm our hearts instead of resting in Jesus?
We don’t have to have a small faith that can’t see past the storm. But it is often those storms that allow our faith to grow in the first place. Those experiences of things beyond our control, out of our reach, and more than we can handle allow God to work in big ways. And none of these things are out of God’s control. Nothing happens to us without His knowledge or outside of His will. So may those stormy seasons that come along bring with them opportunities for us to see God work in ways that increase our faith and trust in Him and cast out our doubt and fear.