You have heard it said: “A Christian is either “going into a storm, going through one, or coming out of one,” describing the inescapable nature of trials in a believer’s life.
But some of us may be inclined to say, “My whole life is one big storm—felt at various magnitudes.” In the back of our minds, we expect huge waves to swamp our boat, and pound us to the bottom of the sea.
We are exhausted; worn out from rowing, holding our breath, bracing against chaotic winds.
Take heart? Hold fast? Buck up?
Thanks, but we’ve rowed past this advice. God’s voice alone must cut through this screaming gale…
Remember when the disciples followed Jesus into a boat on the Sea of Galilee, and he promptly went to sleep?
“Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples…woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” Matt. 8:24-27
Jesus’ sermon wasn’t very long: “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”
Of course, the disciples should have been ignoring the storm and trusting Jesus—but don’t miss the mercy in Jesus’ choice of words: “You of little faith…”
Above the tempest (and beyond his reprimand), the disciples’ declaration: “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” reflects the doubting character of every one of us.
Did it take great faith, or mighty faith, or extraordinary faith to experience Jesus’ deliverance?
It was faltering, “little” faith that moved Jesus to calm the sea. The disciples’ “little faith” was enough to disrupt natural environmental phenomena and save them from drowning.
Their “little faith” was enough, and so is yours.
Trust Jesus to calm your storm (inside or out), and… Just stay in the boat.