As the cares of the world press in on us, it is easy to forget that we are under the Lord’s protection. It would be one thing if we could see Him standing beside us, His eyes seeing everything, His stance reflecting instant action, like some sort of super bodyguard. But Jesus doesn’t appear to us in that way physically. He doesn’t need to. But when we don’t see Him, we may have problems relying on faith in His protection. We need to ask God for greater faith.
Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out. But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm.
And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”
– Luke 8:22-25, NASB
Jesus was asleep in the boat and one of those sudden storms that could arise on the Sea of Galilee came up and the disciples were afraid. Very afraid. Keep in mind that at least 4 of them were experienced fishermen, so this meant that the conditions had to be very rough. After all, what those of us who are complete novices on a boat may consider life threatening, an old hand might scoff at and realize we’re making a big fuss about nothing. But when the old hand gets scared, that’s when you know things are bad. And with Peter, Andrew, James, and John aboard and terrified, it had to be bad. In that fearful state they wake up Jesus and declare their fate. Now why they woke up Jesus is a good question.
There are really two possibilities here. One, they figured they were all going down with the ship and figured it would be best to ensure Jesus wasn’t asleep when they went under. Or two, they thought maybe, just maybe, Jesus would have some way of saving them. Based on their reaction when He calmed the storm, I don’t think they knew what to expect. Certainly they didn’t expect that. It was the most logical solution. The storm may cause boat to capsize. Okay, let’s stop the storm. But when we are consumed with fear, we are often less than logical. Besides, they had seen healing, resurrection, transmutation, and exorcism, but control over nature? They hadn’t seen that. So it never registered with them that this was exactly what Jesus was going to do.
We should not seek to limit Jesus. Most of the time when we do so it isn’t an intentional action on our part. We just think, “Well, here’s the situation,’ and then, “Here’s how I would solve the situation, so if Jesus is going to help me, that’s what He will do.” He doesn’t think like us. He isn’t limited like us. When we cry out to Him, we should not be trying to figure out what Jesus is going to do. We just should be trusting that Jesus is going to do something, and that it is the right thing for what we need. That’s hard enough as it is. Remember, that the Lord is all powerful. And that He meets our needs. If we remain with Him, if we seek to walk with Him, then He can protect us from the storms of life. Yes, we’ll still get rained on. Yes, the thunder and lightening will still crash and flash. But ultimately, we are under His protection. Don’t just think about right now. Think about eternally. No storm of life can take away our eternal promise to be with our Lord. It may batter us and sink us in this life, but it can do nothing to us for the life to come. Such is the power of our Savior.