Sleeping Through A Storm
23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him.
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.
27 But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
Oftentimes, in our life we face something that brings us to a point where we feel we are alone. We feel that the problem has become so large that no one is able to help us. We have our friends around, but they have things going on that our “little” problem can’t compare to theirs. You turn to your family and they have good intentions, but can’t seem to help you either. This is the time where you may feel that you are out on the sea of life without a sail and Jesus seems to be sleeping on you.
After healing people in Capernaum, Jesus decided to take a trip to another land by boat. He had just had some conversations with a few disciples before and some wanted to do other things before following Him. But the twelve went into the boat with Him and set sail for another place. What is the significance of Him doing this; well, some theologians believe that He wanted to prove that He was not only the God of the land, but the God of the sea as well. You see, when you are on ground, you have something to stand on…a foundation. But when you are on the sea, your foundation is a slippery one. You may have the sturdiest boat known to man, but the God made waters can push the boat to and fro. In other words, you will have to trust Him for you to get in the boat.
While in the boat, the elements began to play with the disciples. The Bible says that there was a great storm during this time. Again, here we have them following Jesus not only into the boat, but into dangers out in the sea. They have just seen Him raise people from the dead, heal the sick and now are in a storm. The storm was so large that the ship was now looking up at the waves. Imagine how some of our storms look to us in our lives. We are doing the will of the Father, we are following Him wherever He leads and now we are in a storm. It seems like there is no way out, the storm of life has covered us and it feels that at anytime, the waves will come crashing down. But what is Jesus doing…HE IS ASLEEP.
Here you have our Savior, on a boat, with the disciples, in a storm…ASLEEP. I mean, really…sleeping; does He NOT hear or feel what is going on? Yes, I know some of you feel like the twelve right now, “how can He be sleep and we are in THIS type of weather”. Well, although He was the Savior, He had to get rest, too. He went through the same things that WE went through. When you are going through, do you stay awake ALL the time or do you get some sleep? Sleeping is a part of our natural process; my uncle would tell me that God is up all the time (never slumbers or sleeps), so why should I stay awake? But He also was sleep to see WHAT the disciples would do; would they have enough faith being with Him or would they lack the faith and wake Him? Here is the Man that was there in the beginning and heard the Father say “let there be” and it came forth. They are with a Man that had JUST showed marvelous works and had the power to do many more in His hands, but now all of that was out of their minds. This Ma knew that by the words of His mouth all things had to obey, but it was for his disciples to understand and not fear the elements. But their faith got the best of them and they decided to wake the Master.
While going through your storms in life, remember that even if you don’t think He is there, He will not let harm come to you. He is giving you time to exercise your faith and seeing what His glory will do for your situation. He knows that it is a scary situation to be in a boat in a treacherous storm, but He knows what will happen. You have to realize that in your loneliest moment, Jesus is still right there. As I have said before, “Don’t ever think God is not there at your hardest time, even the teacher is silent during the test”.