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Matthew 8:23-27 – Jesus Calms a Storm

“And when (Jesus) 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 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 the winds and sea obey him?’”

Encountering storms is an inevitable part of life; sometimes small, sometimes so huge we feel like they will swallow us whole.  I myself am terrified of tornadoes, and I mean completely irrational, wet-your-pants terrified, so I can totally understand how these disciples felt.  They were out on a huge expanse of water in a boat that was probably getting tossed around like a toy between the waves and the wind.

Surely, they thought, this was it.  The end.  And what was Jesus doing?  Calmly sleeping in the midst of the chaos.  Kind of like my husband, sitting in our living room watching TV when, on occasion, the tornado sirens do go off, and the rest of us are huddling terrified in the basement.  He’s following the weather on radar and isn’t concerned at all.  Yeah, really annoying.

I’m sure it seemed crazy to these disciples that Jesus wasn’t getting as worked up as they were—the danger was quite real.  At the least, they probably wanted Jesus to acknowledge their situation and the intense fear they felt.  Instead of comforting them, he asked a question that in the moment may have seemed even crazier.  “Why are you afraid?”  Wasn’t the answer obvious?  The truth is, they didn’t yet fully understand who they were with.  It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Jesus slept through that storm on purpose.

It is interesting to note that the disciples called out “Save us, Lord; we are perishing,” yet when Jesus did what they asked, they were stunned.  “What sort of man is this, that even the winds and sea obey him?”  They asked Jesus for help, but didn’t have the faith to believe that He could actually change their situation.  Don’t we do that sometimes?  A lot of the time?  We pray, asking for help to weather some stormy area of our lives, but in truth we lack faith. We don’t really believe God will reach down and help us.

If nothing else, this passage reminds us of who our God is.  Yes, storms are inevitable in a fallen world.  Jesus didn’t prevent the storm from happening.  But He was with his disciples through the wind, the waves…and the fear, just as he is still with us through our trials today.  We don’t face them alone, and while He allows them to teach us, He never lets us sink. He is bigger, and more powerful than any storm we will face, including the ultimate one, death.  He is Jehovah Nissi, The LORD Our Banner, who goes before us into battle.  And He is also Jehova Tsaba, The LORD Our Warrior, who fights for us.  If God is for us, who can be against us? (Rom 8:31).  So whatever storm you are in, pray with faith, and don’t be afraid.  Your boat is cradled securely in God’s hands.

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Allison D. Reid is a Christian Fantasy author with a fondness for Medieval history. Her first published series, the Wind Rider Chronicles, embraces traditional fantasy elements but is also infused with deeper spiritual themes. The first two books in the series, "Journey to Aviad" and "Ancient Voices: Into the Depths" can be found at Amazon and other online book retailers. "Journey to Aviad" is now FREE. Visit http://allisondreid.com/books-2/ to learn more.

One comment on “Matthew 8:23-27 – Jesus Calms a Storm

  1. RD
    April 6, 2015

    How many times have we heard that the Lord works in mysterious ways? Yet we continue to think we understand Him, that His ways are our ways and that we can predict His response to a given situation.

    We reach a point where we outgrow the “childish” habits of praying for a new bike or for the rain to stop, and begin to pray for what it “His will”. Yet when our prayers are answered, we do not recognize them as not only the Lord’s answer to our prayers, but something greater than we ever hoped.

    So many Hebrews prayed for the Messiah to come and deliver them from their enemies, to free them and save them. Yet so few recognized the Messiah when He came and did all they asked and so much more. They failed to recognize Him because they had been praying not for someone to deliver them, but for someone to come and slay their enemies and deliver them in an Earthly manner. In a manner that a mere man with enough strength and charisma could. They failed to recognize how God would act to free them because both the chains that bound them and His power and majesty were beyond their comprehension.

    The disciples, in crying to the Lord to be saved, as evidenced by their reaction, surely did not expect the answer they received to their prayers. They still believed they were in the presence of a great man and expected no more than the efforts a man could expend on their behalves. Perhaps they expected Jesus to trim the sail, take the rudder and steer them towards port. Perhaps they expected him to be a better seamen than all of them combined. Surely this would have been enough for them to believe he answered their prayers and saved them. Yet man’s ways are not God’s ways and He saved them as He would. He slept because they were in no danger at His side.

    At the time and in the manner of His choosing, Jesus rose to protect His flock. Just as He protects all of His children and will again rise to save them at the time and place of His choosing. It is silly for any of us to try to predict the manner in which the Lord will save us in the future. With so much of His majesty beyond our comprehension, we are best off to pray for salvation, by His will and in His time, and prepare to be amazed by his majesty and grace when it comes.

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