5.28.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 116. Control.

Matthew 8:25 says this, “And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, ‘Save us, Lord; we are perishing!'”

Were they? Was it that bad? Jesus was asleep in the midst of this and these guys are panicking and saying that it’s over. Who was right?

At least a few of the disciples were experienced fishermen who had encountered storms before. And yet, in this situation, they are alarmed at the waves pouring into the boat. This is not simply an instance of irrational fear; there is real danger that the boat will sink, and the passengers will drown. Finally, the disciples wake Jesus up and cry out to Him, fearing for their lives.

In Mark’s telling of the story (Mark 4:35–41), the disciples wake Jesus with an accusation, “Do you care that we’re dying?” It is likely that different disciples said different things. What’s universal is that they were sure the end was near, and they did not understand how Jesus could sleep through it. They wanted Him to wake up and save them before it was too late.

So. Jesus is waking up to this scene. The waves are rocking, the storm’s a brewing, the disciples are just flat out panicked and thinking that the end was here. Yet…Jesus was sleeping…

How often do we take things to a level that they need not be taken to? How often do you pray to God, “Save me”, and yet…you don’t really need saving.

I think the lesson learned here is that God is ALWAYS in control. No matter how bleak and hopeless things look, He is still in control. So the panicked reactions, the crazed responses of things being out of control….maybe those types of reactions need to be dialed back a bit and our response needs to be more about God. About His being in control of it all. About His hand of guidance on it all.

Just a thought.


  1. Margaret K on May 28, 2021 at 12:42 am

    When the storms of life come, it gets scary. Our emotions start screaming for us to do something; anything – anything to quiet the storm.
    What we really need to do is to quiet our emotions so we can hear the still small voice of the One who never leaves us or forsakes us.
    We need to trust God in the storm and come to the place where we can say, “It is well with my soul”, no matter what is going on around us.
    If we truly trust God, we can say, “We know our God will rescue us. We know our God will come and save the day; but even if not, we will worship You tonight.”

    • Dave Pettigrew on May 29, 2021 at 9:56 am

      Trust and more trust. Easy to say…hard to implement….Good stuff here!

  2. Bruce B on May 28, 2021 at 12:02 pm

    As I was reading this, the phrase “sleep on it” was vivid in my thoughts. I found this when I did a google search of the phrase:

    sleep on it
    to not make an immediate decision about a plan or idea, but to wait until the next day in order to have more time to think about it.

    Jesus decided to “sleep on it”, and caused distress for the others. How often do we bring distress upon ourselves because we didn’t “sleep on it”?

    Let us be more like Jesus!

    • Dave Pettigrew on May 29, 2021 at 9:55 am

      Amen Bruce. Let’s be more and more like Jesus. Love this description here. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Carole Clark on May 28, 2021 at 12:05 pm

    I needed this reminder. I’m in the midst of some trials that can be quite scary and stir up ptsd. My emotions can take over and snowball into fear, panic, etc. quite easily. I love this idea of dialing back these responses and focusing on God, who is the only One that can help me anyway!

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