My Thoughts . . .
The apostles and Jesus were on the Sea of Galilee when a storm erupted. Jesus was asleep and his fearful disciples needed a wide-awake Savior. They were not whispering “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:23-26). Fear is not timid nor silent! One might expect that plea from eight of the apostles, but it came from all twelve, even the four who worked on that body of water. Matthew refers to it as a “furious storm” (NIV). It must have been bad to cause four sailors to fear imminent drowning. Jesus’ response was, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Why, indeed?
(1). Had they not witnessed Jesus healing a leper (vv. 1-3)?
(2). Were they so blind that they could not see the Lord healing a centurion’s servant (vv. 8-13)?
(3). Had they forgotten about Peter’s mother-in-law being healed (v.14)?
(4). Surely, they were not occupied with the trivial when he freed several who were demon possessed (v.16)?
The twelve may have been with Jesus, but their fears outweighed their faith. They had observed the miraculous power of Jesus, but this storm diminished its strength. This was a test to strengthen their faith, but they allowed it to increase their fear. They could see with their eyes and hear with their ears, but faith was missing in their heart. Like the apostles, we seem to increase our fears better than we balance our faith!
As disciples, we are in a better position than were the twelve. We know what Jesus was capable of doing through our readings in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Yet, how many believe we must ADD our strength to supplement HIS BLOOD in order to GUARANTEE our salvation? Our hope is shallow, our efforts are insufficient, and our assurance is questionable which leaves us with a nagging fear. The command continues to be given, “Fear not.” Why do we continue to make excuses?
“Fear not.” Jesus said it. We read his statement to the apostles. We expected them to develop their faith and push fear out of their thinking. Yet, our faith is overshadowed by that same fear. Therefore, we also end up needing Jesus’ admonition. Fear threatened their faith, and it will attempt to rob us of ours. Make sure your faith finishes as the winner so fear will be defeated!