In Matthew 8 we read the story of Christ calming the storm from the boat on the water as the waves crashed and the wind roared. I have read this story before and even written about it before. I read it again this morning and the thing that struck me once more is the shock the disciples express when Jesus has power over creation. The story is only four verses long, here it is:
“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!””
Matthew 8:23-27 NIV
So this was still early days for the disciples but they had already accepted that Jesus was the foretold messiah. They had already seen him turn water into wine. They had already seen him fill their fishing nets to overflowing. They had heard the sermon on the mount, they had seen him heal a paralyzed man and a leper. They heard the witness of the Samaritan woman at the well. They saw him defy the Pharisees and teach with authority. They had seen all these things, but they were still shocked when he calmed the storm.
It’s true what Jesus said:
“Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.”
John 4:48 NIV
But what about when we see signs and wonders and still find ourselves in doubt?
Why would the disciples even bother waking Jesus if they didn’t think he could help them? And more importantly, how often do I treat Christ this way? Running to him for help and yet shocked when he actually has the power to save?
“You of little faith.”
It’s me. Me of little faith.
I know Jesus and yet am still amazed at his power. It shouldn’t be surprising, but it is. How often do you ask Christ for help and find yourself dismayed when he helps?
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We seem to inherently doubt God’s willingness to intervene on our behalf, maybe because we know we have not even lived up to our own standards, so we KNOW we don’t deserve the help. But He comes across anyway. What wondrous love He shows us again and again, and how hard it can be to accept that the God of the Universe would do such things for those of us who are often His enemies.
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Amen! Well stated.