Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” ~ Matthew 8:25-27
How many times have we all been in a place where we feel like the disciples did in this passage?
We voice these feelings to the Lord with questions like:
“Where are You, Lord?”
“Don’t You see that I’m hurting?”
“Don’t You care what happens to me?”
That’s exactly what the disciples were saying here. They ask for salvation from the storm, but then have to go on to add (as if the Lord didn’t know) “We are perishing!”.
How many times do we feel like God is “sleeping” on the job? Like maybe, somehow, this situation “slipped up” on Him, and caught Him off guard?
I want us to take a close look at what the Lord’s response is to these statements.
First, He ask them “Why are you fearful?” (What are you afraid of?)
Then, He calls into question their faith. “You have little faith”. (Why do you doubt?)
The key to understanding exactly Who This Man is can be found (and should positively reassure us) in the last verse of this passage: “Who can This be?”
We have a benefit here that the disciples did not have at the time. Yes, they had seen Him perform miracles (including this one), but we have a whole Library of the things that He has done – so, we should be more sure of Who He is. So, why do we still doubt?
Think about looking through a telescope, both ways. When you look through the small end, the things on the other side appear larger. When you look through the large side, the things on the other side appear smaller. We need to grasp that image, because it is the key to how we view our circumstances.
When we have the large side focused on ourselves, God can seem very, very small.
But, when we peer through the small end (humbly looking to Who God is), we get a clearer perspective of Who this God is that we serve. He is the Master of the Universe, the Creator and Sustainer of all things.
So, why in the world would we ever doubt what He is capable of???