Friday, September 5, 2014
“And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm” (Matthew 8:25,26 KJV).
Like Israel learned in today’s Scripture, we too must realize to trust the Lord Jesus Christ when “the storms of life” batter us.
Today’s Scripture says that, before He calmed the storm, Jesus asked them, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” After He calmed the tempest, He questioned them, “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40). Luke’s account (8:25) affirms that He also asked, “Where is your faith?”
The Bible says, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). Jesus had said something important just prior to them entering the ship, so had His disciples really believed His Word, they would have also grabbed pillows and rested with Him! Had they really been men of faith—trusting what He said—they would not have worried about the storm.
Mark and Luke explain what Jesus said just before they entered the boat. “And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side” (Mark 4:35). Luke 8:22 reports, “…And he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake.”
Jesus told them that they were traveling by ship to the opposite shore of the Sea of Galilee. He said that they would get to the other side, so they should just believe Him—His Word will surely come to pass. They do not have to worry. Yet, when the storm arose later, the disciples focused on their circumstances and ignored God’s Word. They were sidetracked (doubting Jesus’ words). They assumed they would die in the middle of the sea—they forgot that Jesus had already said they would reach the other shore!
In the future, Israel will reflect on this miraculous account, to learn a valuable lesson….