Remember how Jesus controls the storms? Look at Mat 14:22-33 (below). First, we see that Jesus ‘constrained’ these men to get into the ship and embark on a journey across the sea. Jesus knew exactly what the men would face. He knew they would soon be in a storm.
These disciples were men accustomed to the sea, and they were accustomed to reading the signs the sea offered them. I believe they could see a storm brewing on horizon. They could have refused to get in the ship, but they were obedient. Their obedience led them into the teeth of this storm.
When life is “smooth sailing” we tend to forget about our reliance upon God. Our human nature tends to rest in our own strengths. That’s when God reminds us that He is still in control. Sometimes, it takes a storm.
BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE!!
It wasn’t until the disciples were in the middle of the storm, in the darkest hour of the night, that they saw miracles. When others would have given up, Jesus came to them. Think about the miracles they saw, which they never would have seen if they were not in the storm:
- Jesus walking on the water. A man walking on the surface of the water is a tremendous miracle! Were they not in this storm, they would have missed it!
- Peter walking on water. Now, it’s one thing for God to walk on water, but Peter wasn’t God. Jesus commanded Peter to come to him and Peter was obedient, had faith and walked on the waves. Yes, Peter’s faith wavered, but still, if only for a few steps, Peter walked on water.
- Peter was rescued. Even in his wavering faith, The Lord was there to lift Peter up as Peter sank in the waves. If Jesus walking on water was a miracle, how much more of a miracle was Peter being carried by a man walking on water!
- The storm ceased. Jesus is the master of the storm and at Jesus’ bidding, the storm ceased
So, the next time you’re in a storm, remember who the Master of the storm is.
Matthew 14:22-33 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.
Esther 6:1-5 On that night could not the king sleep, and he commanded to bring the book of records of the chronicles; and they were read before the king. (2) And it was found written, that Mordecai had told of Bigthana and Teresh, two of the king’s chamberlains, the keepers of the door, who sought to lay hand on the king Ahasuerus. (3) And the king said, What honour and dignity hath been done to Mordecai for this? Then said the king’s servants that ministered unto him, There is nothing done for him. (4) And the king said, Who is in the court? Now Haman was come into the outward court of the king’s house, to speak unto the king to hang Mordecai on the gallows that he had prepared for him. (5) And the king’s servants said unto him, Behold, Haman standeth in the court. And the king said, Let him come in.
The king remembers that Mordecai had saved his life and asks what had been done to honor Mordecai. The chamberlain tells the king that nothing had been done. NOTHING? This man saved the king’s life and nothing has been done to thank him! This was completely inappropriate. Something had to be done. But this man was a Jew. He was condemned to death. Plus, he had no influence in the king’s life or home. What could he hope to expect? Or, did he have some influence? What about Hadassah? The plot is really starting to thicken. What do you think will happen? Is God still in control?