We all encounter storms in our life at some point. Maybe you are in one now. The thing about storms is, although they can look terrifying, they don’t have to overcome us, and storms don’t last forever.
When I think of storms in the Bible, what comes to mind is the time the disciples went out on the boat with Jesus and while He slept, a mighty storm hit. The disciples were terrified. What made them so afraid? Surely they had encountered many storms in the past as fishermen who were used to rough seas and unpredictable weather.
Imagine the disciples for one moment in that boat when the storm rose up. The wind and the waves would have been tossing the disciples about as they hung on for dear life, while at the same time, glancing over at Jesus thinking; ‘Why isn’t He doing something to help? We can see Him being rocked about by the wind and the waves. Surely He can feel that. Doesn’t He care? How can He just keep sleeping so peacefully?’
The disciples couldn’t take it any more. They had been waiting long enough for Jesus to get up and do something. ‘Wake up Jesus. There is a storm happening here, surely you heard it. Surely you feel it. What are you doing? Don’t you care? How can you keep on sleeping?’
Jesus wakes up and responds to the disciples. ‘Oh you of little faith, why are you afraid?’ This was not the response the disciples were looking for. ‘Jesus, why are you saying that? This storm is really bad and it’s affecting both the boat and us physically. We need all hands on deck. Help.’
What was Jesus actually saying here? Jesus was pointing out to the disciples their default response. In times of storms, what is in us will rise up. Either faith or fear.
‘Oh you of little faith,’ Jesus said. If Jesus is in the centre of our world, no amount of rocking in a storm will defeat us. His promises are true and can be relied upon.
He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Psalm 107:29
Jesus is greater than any storm. When Jesus speaks, the storm must obey. When Jesus is the centre of our life, no storm will overtake us. Allow the truth of God’s Word, by the power and authority of Jesus working in you, stop the ‘storm voices’ from taking root in your life. Jesus is our centre. Jesus is our firm anchor. We can be centered and steadfast in Him.
Trust God in your journey.