Mark 4:37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
I read that passage and marvel at His peace. Jesus could sleep soundly even though the boat was being tossed by the wind and filled by the waves.
Some people stress that the passage demonstrates the humanity of Jesus. He was asleep because He was exhausted, after having taught the crowds that were chasing after him all day. It's true that He suffered from the same exhaustion as we sometimes experience. It's true that He is fully human while being fully divine.
But that's not what gets me when I read this passage.
What grips my heart is the lack of fear.
I don't care how tired I am, if I were in a boat that was foundering, with waves breaking over the sides and filling the boat with water, I'd be terrified. I'd be crying out to God, praying for mercy, begging Him to take care of me.
Jesus didn't do that.
He knew Who was in control.
He had NO fear. He had ALL faith.
As soon as they woke Him, He rebuked the wind and shut down the waves, then turned to the disciples and asked, "Why are you so afraid?"
Why, indeed? You have the Lord of the Universe in the boat with you, guys. He's completely at peace. He's sound asleep. If He's not afraid, what's wrong with YOU?
I marvel at the fact that I am in Christ, yet I worry. I fret. I fear. I cry out to God, asking Him to intervene in my latest crisis. I beg Him to calm the waves that threaten to break my world apart.
I think He's still asking, "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?"
I am IN CHRIST. His Father is my Father. His control of the storms of life is the same now as it was then. NOTHING is outside His power. NEVER has He failed. NO harm can ever come to me unless my God wills it for my good. There is absolutely nothing to fear if you are a child of God.
Almighty Father, Maker of Heaven and earth,
Creator of the wind and the storms,
You control every molecule
every proton and neutron and electron
And not one thing is outside of Your power.
So help Your children to rest in You,
to live in peace,
to walk in faith and trust,
resting in Your strength and love,
So that the world will see that You are
and that Your power
is demonstrated in our weakness strengthened by faith
In the name of Jesus, our Saviour and Brother and Friend. Amen.