“Why are you so afraid?”

That’s what Jesus asked his disciples during a furious storm on a lake.  The waves and wind raged all around them and the disciples thought they were going to drown.  They thought they were going to die. Jesus on the other hand was sound asleep in the boat, unconcerned and unafraid.  He didn’t even know the storm was happening until they woke him.

Jesus said to his disciples, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” (Matthew 8:26) That’s a great question.  Why are you so afraid?  The disciples were afraid because they had little faith compared to the big waves.  It’s easy to become afraid.  It’s easy to fear when bad things happen or there’s a problem that seems bigger than any solution.

The disciples became distracted by the storm.  We often do too.  Our focus becomes the storm rather than Jesus.  However, it’s important to remember that Jesus is with us during the storm, just like He was with the disciples during theirs.  He didn’t jump ship; he was just sleeping.

It’s a little ironic and humorous that the disciples thought they were going to die, while Jesus, the Son of God, was with them in the boat.  Jesus had done miraculous things before, like healing and delivering people from evil spirits.  Why would Jesus let them drown?  If anyone could keep them safe, it would be God’s Son.

Jesus is with us in our storms.  He is the one we can look to when the waves and wind don’t subside.  Even if He is sleeping, it doesn’t mean He isn’t with us or unable to deliver us.  Though He may be quiet during our storm, He will not let us be overcome by the storm.  He is bigger than any storm that comes our way because He has power over it.

Jesus “got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”  (Matthew 8:26)  Jesus is the Prince of Peace and the one who calms our seas.  He is the one who completely calms our storms.  Thank you Jesus!  We look to you and trust in you!  Give us faith to replace fear, so that we can have peace in the storm.  You are our Peace in the storm!


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