That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
“Don’t you even care?” Have you ever said that to God? He sleeps while the storm is raging and the waves are breaking over our boat. We are sinking fast and He sleeps. Not only does He sleep, but He sleeps comfortably on a cushion as if He could care less about what is happening. We’re dying in the squall and He does nothing.
I don’t know if I would ever have the gall to speak to the Lord that way, but I must admit I have felt that way many times. It is so difficult when the Lord allows the storms to rage. When know He can stop it. We know that He could have prevented it so when He doesn’t and just lets these horrible things happen to us and those we love, it can easily seem as if He could care less.
There are so many times in the Scripture where Jesus says to the disciples, “Oh ye of little faith.” It is always at a moment when they were not doing as much as He knew they were able if they only had a little more faith. Peter walked on water and when he took his eyes off and sank, I might have congratulated him for walking on the water even for a little while. But Christ responded with, “You of little faith. Why did you doubt?” (Matthew 14:31) Faith is acting upon the power that God has put in us. What if…what if the Lord slept to give them the opportunity to act on their faith? Jesus would later tell us that we, that’s you and me and all believers, would do greater things than He. (John 14:12) Is it possible that Jesus kept sleeping so that one of them might stand up and say “In the name of Jesus, Quiet! Be Still!” What if?
Perhaps the places where God sleeps are on purpose to give you an opportunity to go further in your faith; to call on the power of the Lord; to speak to the storms of your life with courage, not run and hide in fear. The Scripture says that the disciples took Jesus ‘just as he was.’ Well, how was He? He was the Son of God choosing to live as a man. He voluntarily relinquished all power so that he would be no different from you and I. Oh, I can hear it now. Someone is saying, “There is a huge difference between Jesus and us. What are you talking about nutty preacherman!” Well, He chose to live as a man and relied upon the Holy Spirit. Everything that happened, every miracle, happened because the Jesus activated his faith in the power of God through the Holy Spirit. The big difference between Jesus and us was His ability to live by faith. He truly believed that all things are possible with God, even quieting a storm. But this is not impossible for us which is why Jesus said we would do greater things. You can speak to your storm with courage and power. You can command mountains to move. You can dismiss demons back to their dungeon in Hell. But this will never happen as long as you feel that God’s lack of action indicates a lack of love. It’s not that He doesn’t care. He is just giving you a chance to quiet the storm.
What storms in your life do you need to approach with authority and confidence that God can do anything? What storms are making you feel that God doesn’t care? What will you do now?