On that day, when evening came, He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side.”
Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him. And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.
Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” And He got up andrebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.
And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
In the above Scriptures, God painted us a vivid picture. I like reading Scripture and picturing it in my mind. I read the Scripture then see it play out in my mind’s eye.
A picture of a fierce storm (hurricane-like winds) came upon the lake and the passengers were in danger. Can you imagine being on the boat with the gushing wind and the waves hitting the side of the boat, and the splashing of water onto the deck, filling the boat with water?
Now let’s look at what Jesus is doing. He is sleeping on a cushion… a nice comfy pillow! In the middle of this raging storm he is sleeping. Do not focus on the fear that the passengers were feeling because fear is from satan. Instead, let’s move our focus onto what Jesus does when he wakes up.
Jesus rebukes the storm! He said to the sea, “hush, be still.” He didn’t yell at it. He didn’t scream at it. Jesus simply said “Be still” and the sea obey him! The sea calmed down. The Scripture says perfectly calm. Imagine that.
Let’s us look at the first thing the disciples done when the storm hits. They rushed to Jesus, asking Him, “Do you not care?” This is one of the biggest lies we can believe in during the storm is that “God doesn’t care about me.” Satan wants you to believe this.
The disciples thought they were dying. They took what they knew from history, family traditions as fisherman, and past experience that a storm that size was going to kill them. When Jesus wakes up, He gets angry with them for having so much fear and fear is evil.
You know we can’t stop the storms from happening. The storms come our way to show you where your loyalty and your faith are. We can’t stop them however, we can steer them. Jesus tells the storm, ‘peace, be still’ and immediately the storm stops.
You’ve heard the ole’ saying goes, ‘you must believe in something’? Did you realize that having fear is really having faith in satan! Think about it for a moment. You are believing in what satan might do to you instead of what God can do! Fear is a lack of faith in God to protect and faith in satan to harm you.
Let us go to the other side, and though there may be storms, and though there may be danger, He is with you. If Christ says there’s another side, then we’re going to get there!
So when the next storm comes along, stand and say “Peace, Be still!” and continue to rest under His wings.