Recently I was reading about the story of Jesus calming the storm on the water to my younger two kids before bed. I was reading it to them out of the “Jesus Storybook Bible”. There was a statement at the end of the story that really caught my attention, and has been a very helpful statement for me to remember.
The statement said this: “Jesus’ friends had been so afraid, they had only seen the big waves. They had forgotten that, if Jesus was with them, then they had nothing to be afraid of. No matter how small their boat – or how big the storm.” Such an amazing truth and great reminder.
Storms are a part of life, we all know that. The question is, what is our response to the storms when they come? Do we begin to freak out, become overly anxious and worried, try to battle the storm on our own, try to run from it, or turn to Jesus and rely on him to get us through?
Consider what it says in Psalm 107: 23 – 32…
Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep. For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! Let them extol him in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
I love the picture of this passage. They are on the water in ships, and God brings about a storm (sometimes God allows the storms in our life to teach us). At first they freak out…it says they “reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end”, which I bet we can all relate to.
But then a shift takes place in the passage. The next sentence says “Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them…” In one moment they are in total freak-out mode, unsure of what to do or what’s going to happen, and the next they remember to cry out to the Lord to deliver them. And what does the Lord do? He calms the storm. Just like Jesus does when he’s in the boat with his disciples.
Our Lord and Savior is so powerful, he is in perfect control of even the wind and waves of the storm. With his breath he created everything, and with that same breath he controls it all.
How much time and energy do we waste freaking out or trying to survive the storm on our own?! Why do we ever assume we can do anything apart from God in this life?!
What we need to learn to do is stop and turn to God to ask him for help. Sure, it doesn’t always come immediately, but it will come. And in the meantime, God will give us the strength and peace we need to endure (Philippians 4:6-7).
We won’t have the strength or be able to find the peace on our own, nor can we ever stop the storm. So any attempt we make on our own will only fail.
The storm is no match for Jesus. Whatever the storm, and no matter how big the storm, it is no match at all for our Lord and Savior. So cry out to your Lord and Savior in the storm, and watch him strengthen and sustain you, give you a peace that passes all understanding, and calm the storm when it’s time to do so.
TO GOD BE ALL THE GLORY!