Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!”* The wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?”
In this very short verse from the Bible we learn two very important points: Jesus is God and we must not fear.
First, we see the disciples very afraid, the winds were bad and it appeared as if they were going to perish into the terrifying waters. They were afraid and wanted to escape, the felt great fear. Jesus was sleeping because He was unafraid, He trusted God. Then He gets up and calms the winds and the waters, an act only God can do. This is really the first time that the disciples witnessed the great extent of the power of Jesus Christ. It really is a two-fold learning tool because we see what great power Jesus physically has over the world but it also shows us how much spiritual power He has over us, when we allow Him to.
We all have turbulent times in our life where nothing seems to go right. A storm, if you will, of uncertain waves of persecution and loss. The waters in our life become unsteady threatening to topple us out of our boat at any moment, consuming every inch of our life. However, if we call upon Jesus and truly believe in Him with our whole hearts, then He will calm the storm within our hearts and life. If He calms a raging storm for the disciples, then would He not do the same for us?
Then He says to His disciples, “why are you terrified? Do you not yet have faith?”. They were in the presence of Jesus Christ, yet they still held such a crippling amount of fear because they thought they were going to die. In our lives fear causes weakness because we put our trust in the wrong person – ourselves. Fear can be summed up in four words F-orget E-verything A-nd R-un. Forget, what are we forgetting? Jesus.
When we are plagued with a fear so troubling that it affects our abilities to think coherently then we are saying that we aren’t strong enough. Whatever we are afraid of holds a power so strong over us that we lose a little piece of our self. Jesus asked His disciples why they were so afraid, did they not have faith in Him yet. They could have perished in the waters, they could have been swept away and lost their lives however they were afraid of the possibility of dying. I’m not saying go out and be an adrenaline junky and sky dive or go hug a bear. I am saying that when faced with an outright scary situation we shouldn’t fear the outcome. When it is our time to go home God will call us and we have to be prepared. We have to understand that we live our lives every day as if the lord is returning.
Next time you are plagued by a crippling fear, imagine yourself on the boat with the disciples and Jesus. Imagine Jesus saying to you, have you no faith? Then work on confronting the fear that is holding you back. It is a process and it may not happen overnight but keep working at it. Prayer is your number one tool for getting over fears – use it! But make sure that you keep your faith while you face your fears and remember that Jesus is ALWAYS with you, even when you feel all along and fearful. Call on Him! That is what He wants and find your peace in His love.
Help me to fight my fears,
That keep me from you.
Help me to place my trust in you,
Instead of in myself.
The glory of each day I live is for you,
I would be nothing without your love helping me through.