“And He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’ And they were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, ‘Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?’ ” Luke 8:25 (NASB)
What started out as a perfect day for a boat ride across the lake turned into one of the scariest ordeals the men had ever experienced. At Jesus’ suggestion, the disciples, some of whom were fishermen, launched the boat onto a calm sea. Soon Jesus fell asleep. Suddenly, the winds picked up, tunneling down the mountains causing gale force winds on the lake. Tossed back and forth, the boat began to take on water and the lives of those on the boat were in jeopardy. It would only be a matter of time before the boat capsized.
As the waters surged, the men did everything their experience trained them for but they struggled to keep the boat from sinking and themselves from drowning. Now there was nothing else to do but to call on Jesus and warn Him of the imminent danger they were in: “Master, Master, we are perishing!” (Luke: 8:24), they cried out to Him. Jesus awakened and commanded the wind to stop; immediately, the winds ceased and the sea became calm again. He could, with a simple command, calm the storms that threatened them. Turning to the disciples, Jesus asked, “Where is your faith?”
When the sea storms overcame the disciples, Jesus wasn’t asking them where their faith was because they showed fear; He was asking because their actions and cries showed they had no hope. They had seen Him perform so many miracles and yet they still didn’t realize that Jesus had Authority over the winds and the sea.
I wonder if you’ve ever had one of those days that started out perfectly but, through a chain of events, fell apart and you felt completely overwhelmed? You did everything you knew to do and out of desperation you cried out: ‘God, I am dying here!’
God will use your circumstances to reveal to you the vastness of His power. Can you think of a time when you felt your circumstances were too much for you to overcome? Remember next time to ask yourself, ‘Where is my faith?’ — then Jesus won’t have to!
By Karen Aker