Everybody loves the story of Jesus calming the storm. And everyone loves to say to anxious and despairing people, “See, Jesus can calm the raging waters of your soul, too.”
Except that’s not what the story is about.
According to the narrative in Matthew 8, this was not your ordinary storm. It had the force of the devil behind it. It was the equivalent of an earthquake in power and force. No wonder the disciples, experienced fishermen who knew those waters, were terrified. They didn’t know what to do, so they told Jesus.
“Save us, we’re perishing!”
This woke Jesus up from his nap and he was annoyed with them. He was surprised they weren’t calm.
Instead they were afraid and not trusting God for their safety.
I would have been among them.
With just a word, Jesus rebuked the storm and the disciples marveled at this. They wanted to know who they had in the boat with them.
Didn’t they already know?
Apparently they were suffering from dementia. They had forgotten their Old Testament lessons of God creating the oceans in Genesis, and controlling the seas in Jonah, Job, and the Psalms.
Jesus rebuked the storm like he would a demon and it obeyed immediately.
The seas have one master, the Lord. The sea is his servant. He’s king of the ocean and rules it by his word.
It’s interesting to note that Jesus did not pray or ask his Father to handle the storm. He did it himself.
He is God.
He created the oceans.
He is God with us in the storm.
He will not leave us.
This is a promise.
If he didn’t run away from the cross, he will not leave us in our circumstances.
Are you really believing he is with you today?
Talk to me.