Matthew 8:23-27
Jesus’ disciples went with him as he left in a boat. Suddenly, a severe storm came across the sea. The waves were covering the boat. Yet, Jesus was sleeping. So they woke him up, saying, “Lord! Save us! We’re going to die!” Jesus said to them, “Why do you cowards have so little faith?” Then he got up, gave an order to the wind and the sea, and the sea became very calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him!”

Jesus was tired. He had spent days and evenings healing people and casting out demons. Challenging all the power of God through his human body must have been exhausting. In Luke 8:43-48 is the story of the women who touched his garment and was healed. At that time, Jesus said that he felt power leave his body. That indicates to me that there was some physical cost to him, some loss of power, that happened when he performed these musicals.

He was tired and slept in the boat. Then a storm came up. The disciples panicked. Remember that four of them were fishermen who knew how violent these waters could become in a storm. When the waves began to wash over the boat they woke Jesus.

They had faith that he could save them. Yet he chastised them for how little their faith was. This is the same Jesus who had told them that if they had faith without any doubts, they could move a mountain to the sea.* That is why he was angered at them, they could have said to the storm, “Peace, be still” and it would have happened. Yet their faith was too small.

What seas have you calmed? What mountains have you moved?

*Mark 11:22-24

All content (except quotations) © 2018 Thomas E. Williams


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