“He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?’ Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.” – Matthew 8:26
Oh….what a reaction to this entire scene Jesus gives us. He wakes up, looks around, calls out their lack of faith and then calms the wind and the sea. Absolutely incredible.
When Jesus wakes up, His first response is not to immediately save them. Instead, He asks them why they are afraid, and chides their lack of faith. His meaning seems to be that the disciples should be more assured of His ability to save when they are afraid. His primary concern for those who would follow Him is that they trust Him.
Then Jesus stands up and rebukes the wind and sea. He tells it to stop, and an immediate calm falls over the lake. The storm vanishes. Jesus has previously demonstrated His authority over the natural world of human biology and disease (Matthew 8:1–4), as well as the supernatural world of demons (Matthew 8:16). Now He shows that He is master of all of nature, including the weather.
Key sentence here: His primary concern for those who would follow Him is that they trust Him.
Trust. Let that sink in for a moment.
Jesus’ primary concern here was trust. Not the storm, not the wind or the waves, not the fact that the boat was filling up with water. Not the concern in the disciples eyes or minds. He wasn’t worried about the impending doom that they were certain was about to come.
He wants trust. He wakes and points out their lack of faith first…..
Faith. Do you practice it daily? Does the storm push you around more than it should? Do you have the trust and the faith and the hope in Jesus to walk you through the storm?
Good questions to think on here.