When most folks are in the midst of a storm, they react in the same way that Christ’s disciples did in the following passage:
“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?””
Despite the fact that Christ Himself was literally IN THE SAME BOAT, His disciples were afraid and believed they were “perishing!”
Like us when we’re facing “storms” in our lives, the disciples probably weren’t remembering the presence of Jesus in their midst. Instead, they were overwhelmed with anxiety.
It is likely that in the panic of the moment they’d forgotten one of the many important messages shared during the Sermon their Teacher had recently preached on a certain nearby Mount:
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
One of the anxious passengers in the boat that night later wrote:
“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you”
Many Christians catch the part of this verse that says we ought to be ready to make a defense. Perhaps just as many miss the part where they needed to BE HOPEFUL to such an uncommon degree that an onlooker might have a reason to ask a question about the source of their demeanor.
In fact, even non-Christians can appear to be hopeful while enjoying the peacefulness of life’s calm seas. While it is not exclusively Christian to retain hopefulness in the midst of hard times, it is certainly not common amongst non-believers.
When face trials in life, do you act in a manner that reflects your trust and hope in God to provide for you, or do you act like a worried wave-tossed mariner?
The next time you see a violent thunderstorm, or face a challenging situation in your life, let it remind you of the disciples and their fear of imminent death. Only when they came near to Jesus and asked for His help did they experience the calm of His loving peace.
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The Humble Ant