“…A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
Mark 4:36-38. Full text: Mark 4:35-41
Christ was asleep during the storm. So clearly He was present but allowed the Disciples to face their challenge alone for a while.
Sometimes Christ takes His time in helping us in times of our distress. But it is simply so our faith may be tested and strengthened.
In the passage He gently rebuked His disciples, asking, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (v. 40).
In effect, He was saying,”Why didn’t you face the storm victoriously and shout to the raging winds and rolling waves, ‘You cannot harm us, for Christ, the mighty Savior, is on board!'”
Of course that is much easier said than done. it is very easy to trust God when the sun is shining than to trust Him when the storm is raging around us.
The truth is if we are ever to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10), our strength must be born during a storm.
Today let us pray, remembering that no matter what we are facing, Christ is in our vessel and we can confidently face the storm…amen.