STAYING WARM AND SAFE WITH JESUS
“Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”
Charles Dudley Warner
No doubt there was much complaining about last week’s weather. Grocery store shelves were emptied, thermostats were turned up, lots of wood or gas was burned in fireplaces, and most people stayed home, even our mid-week Bible study was cancelled. We did our best to cope with the frigid temperatures, ice and snow, but we still had to endure it. After all, what can you do to affect the weather other than wait for it to change and try to avoid danger?
There is someone, however, who actually can do something about the weather. A storm had suddenly blown upon the Sea of Galilee while Jesus and His disciples were crossing to the other side of the lake. Jesus had fallen asleep. The disciples were panicking because the waves were harshly tossing the boat and it was taking on water. They woke the Lord to alert Him of their peril. He got up, rebuked the storm and it ceased. They were astonished at what had just taken place. They asked, “Who then is this, that He commands even winds and water, and they obey Him?” (Matt. 8:28-34; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25).
After calming that storm, Jesus turned His attention to the men in the boat. His purpose in ending the deadly storm was not simply to return pleasant, peaceful weather to the sea. After rebuking the wind and the waves, He rebuked His disciples with the pointed question, “Where is your faith?” It was obviously not in the boat that day.
Life is often unpredictable and cruel. Storms we never expected, hit us and knock us around, we are afraid. In facing these hazards, where is our faith? We have enough faith to run to the Lord when conditions and situations over which we have little or no control seem to be overtaking us. But is our faith big enough to fully trust the Lord in our lives at all times? Doesn’t He care about us to keep us from suffering these perilous circumstances? With all His great power, surely, He ought to make our lives free from danger and suffering.
The lesson that day to His disciples in the boat on the Sea of Galilee is also for you and me today. God has never promised us a life on earth that is storm-free. Actually, it’s just the opposite. Life under the sun will be stormy, hazardous, full of difficult days. He has promised that in those tough times, He will be with us, strengthen us, guide us and save us. Oh, you of little faith who see the dangers of this life as forces that will destroy you (2 Cor. 4:7-12).
Peter, who was on the boat that day, would later write that we should humble ourselves and submit to God, because He cares for us. We have deadly threats all around attempting to destroy us. But after we have suffered for a little while, “the God of all grace, who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you” (1 Pet. 5:6-10). Warm yourself with this truth.