Matthew 8:26 NKJV But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
Luke 8:25 NKJV But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!”
Mark 4:40-41 NKJV But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (41) And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
Though these three verses are from different Books in the Bible they all center up on the same instance. One evening Jesus and the disciples hopped in a boat to cross to the other side of the lake. During their journey Jesus falls asleep and a wild storm rolled in. The disciples some of whom had professional experience on boats as fishermen became fearful and woke Jesus who remained asleep even though the winds and waves were tossing the ship. Jesus, bothered and disappointed that they woke Him, rebukes his disciples and then rebukes the storm. He goes on to question them about their fear and their faith. Then they really became afraid.
There is so much here in these verses to look at.
If Jesus is calm you should be too. Jesus wasn’t worked up by the circumstance. He wasn’t worried. He wasn’t stressed. He wasn’t intimidated. He was calm and at peace. He even slept through most of it. When He did finally see the symptoms of the storms He didn’t freak out. He was a bit miffed at His disciples for stressing out about it and perhaps not dealing with it themselves. The bottom line is… if Jesus isn’t scared you shouldn’t be either.
When Jesus is in your boat you don’t need to fear. Psalm 91. Is Jesus in your boat? He sent the comforter, the Holy Spirit to be with us always. The Spirit of God comes to reside in us at the New Birth, when we believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus and make Him our Lord.
Where is your faith? Is your faith in God’s Word and strength to deliver or in yourself or another to deliver? Many Christians faith is in the preacher sharing the passage and not the author of the passage. Who your faith is in makes all the difference. The disciples believed on Jesus, but the circumstance revealed the extent to which they fully trusted Him.
In Matthew’s Gospel the phrase, “O you of little faith,” is one word, oligopistos. It could be translated “puny faith.” The way the disciples reacted to the circumstance revealed their faith. They certainly didn’t believe they had any authority to exercise and see results. Nor did they believe His presence was enough to deliver them, but instead He would have to be awake. Our Lord certainly no longer needs natural sleep in His glorified body, but our thinking is often the same. Many people don’t or find it difficult to believe God is at work in their situation bringing freedom and deliverance unless they can see Him working.
If you’re afraid of the storms of life… how well do you know Jesus? After Jesus rebuked his disciples and the storm, it says they feared exceedingly wondering, “Who can this be?” Until the test, your faith is a theory. These guys faith was tested and came up lacking. What was the issue? They believed on Jesus as Messiah to an extent, but there was obviously more of the revelation of who He is that was still to come to them.
Our journey of faith is ongoing and never ends. Never stop growing in your relationship with the Lord. No matter how well you know Him or think you do, there is more. His mercies are new every morning. His manifold (multi-sided) grace is unending. The height, width, depth, and breadth of His love is ever expanding. Keep growing to know Him more and the fear will subside. This Jesus is in your boat. Fear Not.