Often times we, as twenty-first century disciples, find ourselves in the same boat as the twelve disciples of the first century – a boat that struggles with little faith.
“As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And a great storm developed on the sea so that the waves began to swamp the boat. But he was asleep. So they came and woke him up saying, “Lord, save us! We are about to die!”But he said to them, “Why are you cowardly, you people of little faith?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it was dead calm.”Matthew 8:23-26 NET
Have you ever wondered why Jesus made the disciples’ reaction to the storm about their faith? Despite the reality of the wind and the waves and the water-logged boat, Jesus said the disciples were really behaving faithlessly. They came to Jesus to save their lives but Jesus tells them he’s more worried about their faith! Why such a response?
The answer, however challenging it is to our faith, is because Jesus had already told them where they were going before they stepped in the boat, but the disciples focused more on the weather around them than the words of the one who was with them.
The rest of the lesson preaches itself if we have the faith to hear it.
“Now when Jesus saw a large crowd around him, he gave orders to go to the other side of the lake.” (Matthew 18:8 NET)