Matthew 8:24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. 25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
Who doesn’t become afraid when the waves begin to spill over into our boat? Who doesn’t feel a tinge of anxiety when the doctor says, “I have bad news”? Who isn’t tempted to worry when they announce a lay-off at work? Who doesn’t become afraid when trouble enters into our lives – the one who puts their faith and trust in God.
The Bible says there arose a ‘great tempest’ in the sea. The words used here indicate that it was a storm so severe that it shook the boat. Waves were splashing in and not even an experienced seaman like Simon Peter knew what to do. It seemed to them they were going to drown and yet through it all, Jesus continued to sleep.
It’s not hard to imagine some of the thoughts that went through the disciples’ minds as they saw Jesus sleeping? “How could anyone sleep at a moment like this? What’s the matter with Him? Doesn’t He care that we’re all going to drown?” Jesus understood more about the severity of the storm than they did and He did indeed care about their safety; however, He could continue to sleep during the storm because He had complete confidence in His Father’s care. He knew that His Father loved Him and that nothing could happen to Him unless His Father permitted it. Jesus so trusted in His Father that He Himself didn’t have to be in control of every moment of every day. He could sleep during the storm because He knew that His Father was always watching over Him.
Jesus rested in confidence while the disciples rowed in panic. Which is it with us?