One evening, after teaching a crowd on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus directs the disciples to cross the sea by boat with Him. The disciples follow Jesus’ instruction, but encounter a storm which causes waves to crash onto the boat. Jesus is fast asleep in the bottom of boat while the storm rages. In a panic, the disciples wake Jesus, who promptly rebukes the wind and the waves. Jesus is not disturbed by the powerful waves that almost engulf the boat, but He is bothered by the disciples’ fear. “Do you still have no faith,” he questions them.
This story is interesting in that the disciples find themselves in a storm because of their obedience to Jesus. Because they choose to take His instruction without question, they find themselves caught in the fierce wind and waves. Here, they cry out to Jesus, questioning why He is not attending to their needs. Since some of the disciples were fishermen, they would have also been experienced sailors, accustomed to maneuvering through Galilee’s turbulent seas. But this time, the storm is so fierce that they are desperate for help, and are upset that Jesus is sleeping during their time of trouble. “Teacher,” they say, “Don’t you care if we drown?”
But in this very place of perceived danger, Jesus reveals more about Himself that not only brings the disciples safety, but also offers them assurance. He quiets the wind and the waves, showing that He has power and authority over the natural world. In their obedience to Jesus, the disciples are exposed to difficult circumstances. But in the midst of these circumstances, they are also exposed to a deeper revelation of Jesus as God. They see proof of His Divine Nature, which gives them even more reason to trust in His ability to preserve them.
When Jesus directs us into unchartered waters, He asks us to act in faith. While His Way does not guarantee us comfort, it does guarantee experiencing a deeper understanding of Who He is, and an opportunity to grow in faith in Him. Moreover, though He may lead us into storms, His very Presence guarantees our ultimate preservation, our eternal preservation.
Is there a place of uncertainty where you have arrived as a result of obedience to Jesus? Take courage and do not fear. The Lord and Savior Who leads you has the power and authority to calm the wind and the waves. Let His very Presence be your guide and assurance. Let Him take you to new levels of faith by giving you greater understanding of Who He is, and showing you more reasons why You can put Your faith in Him.