One day he (Jesus) got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?” Luke 8:22-25 (ESV)
It’s a scary picture. Jesus is in the boat (sleeping) with His fisherman followers and a bad storm comes up on the lake.
It must have been a bad storm to send the fishermen, who are used to storms, into a panic. So they woke Jesus in their panic, convinced that their death was eminent.
Jesus calmed the storm, and asked the disciples what happened to their faith.
Who is this man who can control the wind and water?
The disciples may have been familiar with God’s response to Job in Job 38.
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Dress for action like a man;
I will question you, and you make it known to me.
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it?
On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
“Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
and here shall your proud waves be stayed’? Job 38:1-11 (ESV)
The same God Who laid the foundation of the earth and set limits for the oceans is the same God who was napping in the disciples’ fishing boat.
We also wonder at times where Jesus is (or why is He “sleeping”) in our hours of greatest need. So many times we think that Jesus doesn’t care or doesn’t hear our prayers.
Yet the God Who created us, the God Who laid the foundation of the earth and set limits for the ocean is the same God Who redeemed us with His own body and shed His own blood. This world will have trials, and plenty of them. Even so, this world is not the end.
Jesus is in control of the storm. We are safe with Him even when the storm looks really bad. Even when this life and this world end, we are safe with Him. Trust in Him.