It had been a long day of ministry. Evening had come. The light gradually diminished over the horizon. “Let us cross over to the other side,” Jesus said.
Leaving the multitude the disciples brought Jesus into a boat as he was, ready to sleep. The calm waters of the sea began to move. The quietness of the evening dissipated with the rising of great windstorm. So much for rest.
Mist from the water sprayed across their faces. The waves beat against the boat, filling it with water. A calm boat ride quickly became a potential disaster.
The disciples were frantic. In the back of the boat, Jesus was sleeping. Sleeping? Yes. He is awakened by troubled disciples, not the storm. “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing,” they cried. Do you not care? In fear, out came a false accusation.
“Peace, be still!” Jesus said after arising from His rest. From the stillness within He spoke. This brought a great calm to atmosphere and the waters.
Drenched from the waters and stunned by the sudden change, Jesus spoke to His disciples. “Why are you so fearful? How it is that you have not faith?” Fear led to false accusations about Jesus’ care.
Fear says, “Do You not care that we are perishing?” Faith says, “You do care and I rely on You”. Fear focuses on circumstances, our lack of power and our lack of resources. Faith focuses on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. He has all power and resources.
We do not live in our circumstances. We live in Jesus. The great windstorm revealed the storm within the disciples and the calm within Jesus. A spiritual storm came later at Jesus’ arrest. The disciples scattered. Jesus faced the storm and overcame (Joh 16:32-33). His victory provides us with His peace (Joh 14:26-27; 20:21).
Peace is available to you in every storm. Abide in Jesus. Abide in the Prince of Peace. When trouble arises, focus on your position not your circumstance. Your position in Christ we keep you in faith and perfect peace. Focus on the circumstance leads you to fear and false accusations about God’s care.