And when he 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. – Matthew 8:23-26
Does God lead us into the storm? According to scripture, he does!
When life dishes out more than we bargained for and difficulties come crashing upon us like the waves of the sea. It is easy to believe that God has forgotten us. When our world is in turmoil and we don’t know what to do. It is easy to believe that Jesus doesn’t care.
Just like the disciples, who after following God onto the boat, experienced a life threatening storm, sometimes we experience circumstances that make us doubt our survival. When we focus on the waves of circumstance we become fearful. When we look to God, he is neither shocked, nor upset. In fact, he is often peacefully resting as we run frantically back and fourth trying to keep our heads above water.
There are two lessons to learn from the above passage. The first is from the disciples; In times of difficulty we must learn from the disciples example and run to Jesus for help. We too must cry, “Save us Lord, we are perishing.” Beyond this we must learn to rest in our sovereign Lord’s control of the situation. Jesus was not scared nor worried when the waves were crashing around the boat. Instead he was peacefully sleeping, being rocked back and fourth by the waves. Jesus’s peace did not demonstrate a lack of concern for the well being of the disciples. On the contrary, it peacefully demonstrated his complete control of the situation. As soon as the disciples came to Jesus, he stood and rebuked the storm and immediately there was peace!
Often times we seek refuge from our storms in a number of places before coming to Jesus, but if we will simply come to Him, we will find that he is more than capable of calming our circumstances and our fears.