23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26And 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. 27And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
Have you ever pondered a storm? Have you ever wondered how out of no where the clouds become dark, and rain begins to fall? Science tells us that it is because of opposing forces (winds) that meet and they have a violent interaction. It is a very mind boggling and amazing phenomenon that only a God could accomplish. But the more amazing thing is the calm that come after a violent storm. Once the clouds pass over, and the winds die down there is peace.
How many of you have ever been in a spiritually violent storm? It seems as if out of no where the winds begin to pick up, and the boat begins to sway more, and the waves seem to take over your boat. A mega storm. I know I have. But I am encouraged, because Matthew lets us in on a little secret above. Not all storm are a result of disobedience (my opposing force), but rather some mega storms are God appointed.
Verse 23 says, “He [Jesus] got into the boat, and his disciples followed Him.” You may say, “well that’s okay, they were doing what they were supposed to do”. My response is that you are absolutely correct, their job was simply to follow Jesus. But in verse 24 something happens that changes the atmosphere, literally. Matthew writes, “And behold“, which means suddenly, out of no where, they find themselves in the middle of a GREAT storm. How many times have you found yourself walking with Christ, but some how you end up in a storm or valley.
I have been blessed to have had a relationship with both my grand parents. Everything was going great, and out of no where my grandmother passes away. I was rather young at this time. It was a devastating moment in my life. She was a pillar in the family and when she passed it seemed like all the walls would cave in. This certainly was a GREAT storm in my life that really seemed to have come from no where. I realize now that, while this may have seemed like a storm to me, God was doing something great. He was strengthening the family.
In the latter half of verse 24, notice what Jesus was doing while the disciples were stressing out. He was asleep. How often do we fail to realize that in times of trouble that Jesus is still in the boat. Then he asked his disciples, “Why are you afraid”? Has not the Lord promised you that he would protect you? Has not the Lord promised that He is with you always? I was afraid when my grandmother passed because I was young. But now I’m older, and I understand that God gets the glory when we go through GREAT storms. How often do people who profess Christ forget that Christ is in the boat when there is storms. These are God appointed storms that are making you better. Joseph was exalted to the highest seat of office next to Pharaoh in Egypt. Joseph was sold into slavery, accused by Potifer’s wife, and jailed. He had some mega storms. But at the end of it all, he recognizes that it was God in his complete sovereignty, who appointed those storms, so that he could hold such position as Pharaoh’s right hand man. That should be our mentality when great storms come.
The next words that Matthew writes are powerful to me. Verse 26 he says, “Then He rose”. In the midst of storm, in the midst of trial, in the midst of trouble, always remember that Jesus rose. And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, who are called according to His purpose. This is his promise. If Jesus, the creator of the universe, who has all authority, whom creation awaits to serve, can sleep then so should we. Jesus has the power to speak peace in your storm.
Verse 27 concludes with this “And the men marveled…” They were not marveling at the fact that the storm was over but they marveled at the man who rebuked the storm. Once you come out of the storm, dont marvel or glory that the storm is over, marvel at the one who causes the storms to leave. Jesus Christ the Prince of Peace.