The preacher in Church this last Sunday shared a testimony about how his wife had 4 miscarriages and a still born. He went further to say he was slightly angry with God and wondered why such would happen. At times, you wonder why bad things happen to good people especially those that serve God diligently, but the thing is this, God is God and He does what pleases Him. He indeed works in mysterious ways.
Later on, the Pastor’s wife had a beautiful girl, which had been the request, having had 2 boys. He questioned God at the time of the problem and God answered in His own way. What am I driving at? These problems we face are “Storms” and they come in any form. The case in the Bible was a physical one, in Matthew 8:23-27 and Mark 4:35-41, Jesus and his disciples were in the ship and there was a storm beyond control. Jesus was asleep (he was in the human form and so this was natural). Matthew 8:23-27 says:
23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 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. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” – New International Version.
We’re probably conversant with the story, it’s an interesting one that was often shared when I was younger. There are 4 important lessons in the incident that should be taken note of.
1. The fact that Jesus is in your “boat” doesn’t mean there won’t be storm.
In other words, Jesus being in your life doesn’t depict there won’t be problems and challenges. The amazing fact is Jesus won’t let such storm consume you. I’ll always believe it’s God’s way of proving himself to us everyday. This lesson is just the exact case in the story I shared earlier, the man clearly has Jesus in his life and yet his wife went through such. Remember the case of Job in the Bible?
2. The storm comes unexpectedly.
Everything seems almost perfect and then you wake up one day and in the course of that day, something just happens and then happiness is cut short and you wonder why such is happening to you. There’s this question that comes right up when bad things happen, “Why me?”. The disciples weren’t expecting the storm, it couldn’t have been their first time on the ship. It happened unexpectedly and that’s just one characteristic that comes with problems (Storms).
3. When the storm comes, call on Jesus.
The disciples called on Jesus when the storm started. Most times, we go on seeking for solutions and after we must have exhausted all means, we remember God and then pray as a last resort. Do you think Jesus couldn’t have felt the storm? In verse 24 of Matthew 8, it was stated that the ship was almost covered with waves and yet he was asleep until the disciples called on Him. Of course, God sees all that’s happening but He wants us to recognize the fact that He is capable of handling the situation and that’s why he wants us to call on Him first.
4. Have faith.
Jesus referred to the disciples as having “little faith”. To me, they expressed faith by calling on Him to save them, rather than seeking for other ways to calm the storm. They could have just allowed their master enjoy his sleep while they sought for help or they had no other choice? Our faith goes a long way in our supplications to God, he works with our faith.
It’s okay to feel scared, disturbed and even cry, but we shouldn’t let these negative things dominate our lives. Whatever storm, no matter how “big”, Jesus is ever capable, He just needs our confidence in Him!
P.S: I was elated when I found the featured image I used. It perfectly depicts the story! Right? Looks like how the storm appeared to me.