Matt. 8:23-27, “23. And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26. And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” What a strange question to be asked by the disciples who had witnessed miracles done by Jesus. “What sort of man is this…”, indeed. It would seem to be fairly obvious at this point, would it not? The only “man” who could rebuke a storm is the Son of God.
To be honest, I think that would have convinced me more than placed a seed of doubt in my mind. Seeing such power over the forces of nature would have cemented his deity for me. The Jesus who said in John 8:58, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” can walk on water, raise the dead, expel demons, give sight to the blind, and make a cripple person dance. He can also provide more fish than a net can hold, turn water into wine, and restore an opponent’s ear, so I am confident that calming a stormy sea is well within His powers. We do not praise a savior limited in His power but one “through whom all things were created.” In Matt. 28:18, we read that all authority on heaven and earth was given to Him, so it stands to reason that He had authority over the forces of nature as well.
And since He is, in essence, God, here is what He really is capable of. Job 38:4-11, “4. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me if you have understanding. 5. Who determined its measurements—surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? 6. On what were its bases sunk, or who laid its cornerstone, 7. when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8. “Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, 9. when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, 10. and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, 11. and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?” Those words spoken to Job indeed illustrate His limitless power, and if His, then His Sons’ as well. How awesome is it that we worship a God who created every atom and particle that makes up every atom in the entire universe?
Now, the point of all the explanations above is this; If Jesus can do all those seemingly impossible things, then He can also calm our storms. These storms arise quickly and can be devastating in nature. They threaten to drown us in an ocean of pain and anguish, so we cry out to Jesus, “Save us!” We claim to know Him and have unwavering faith, but when the storm rises to test our faith, we panic and cry out for help. It’s then that Jesus can say the same thing he said to His disciples, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” But, the real beauty of the story is that even as He questions our faith, He speaks the words to calm the storm. You see, His love for us is so strong that He willingly sacrificed Himself for our promise of a better future, so it stands to reason that He would do anything for us.
Now, this does not mean storms will not arise, but it does mean that our faith, even our temporary waving faith, will call Him into action on our behalf. So, if you are in the midst of a storm and are crying out to Him, know that He hears you and will save you. Maybe not exactly the way you expect or even understand presently, but in a way that His will desires.