“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”
This passage from Matthew 8:23-27 tells a story I’ve read many times before but this time I noticed something new. There is no doubt that God uses his scriptures to speak into our lives. Four words from this passage stayed with me for a number of days.
his disciples followed him
As followers of Christ we can sometimes believe that the closer we are to Jesus the less chaotic our lives will be. Why else would we question our faith when things start to fall apart? We pray, read our bibles, go to church and participate in other activities followers are supposed to, and still our lives erupt into chaos. It’s not supposed to be like this, is it?
Look at the passage again. Jesus’ disciples followed him everywhere, and on this particular day they followed Him on to a boat. While they were out on the sea a storm broke out and they feared for their lives! Where was Jesus? He was right there with them – in the boat AND in the chaos!
And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?””
Following Jesus can sometimes lead us into perilous times, into chaos, unsteadiness and uncertainty. We need to remember He is with us – in the storm – just as real as He was for the disciples on the boat that day. He is in total control of our circumstances and is the only one who can speak calm into them.
UPDATE: Check out this song from Bethel Music which I heard on my way home today. I thought the lyrics worked well with the thoughts I’d gathered here.