These are words spoken after Jesus had got into a boat with His disciples and started to cross Lake Galilee. The lake is renowned for its sudden and violent storms because of its location. The wind can come suddenly over the eastern mountains onto the water. On this occasion, a fierce storm broke out, and the water began to pour into the vessel.
Now, some of the disciples were expert fishermen, so it must have been some storm for them to feel so afraid. We read they went and woke Jesus, who was fast asleep, and shouted to Him.
Jesus almost seems to have responded in surprise!
“Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!”
When the storms of life hit us suddenly and take us by surprise, we can feel alarmed, afraid and almost panic. Our automatic response is not to reach out to God and believe but to expect the worst. It can take a few moments, or even days before we begin to find our bearings in such a time, but we must endeavour to do so. Our God is the same yesterday, today and forever.
He knew the storm was coming. It was no surprise to Him. There must be times when He wonders why we have such little trust; our first response is to be afraid.
Let us learn to trust even if Jesus is sleeping and hasn’t yet answered our cries.
Have we not known the miraculous in our lives? Have we not seen again and again the action of God on our behalf? Then trust He will do it again.
Lift your eyes beyond the waves to the God who hears and answers prayer. Put your faith in Him. Let Him see no fear in your eyes but a simple and childlike trust. Quieten yourself, and wait for the waves to die and the winds to still. Suddenly, all will be calm.