Suddenly a fierce storm hit the lake and the boat was in danger of sinking. But Jesus was asleep – Matthew 8:24
The disciples went to Him and woke Him up. “Save us, Lord!” They said. “We are about to die” – Matthew 8:25
- Why was Jesus asleep?
- Why were the disciples panicking?
- Why did they think they were about to die?
WHY WAS JESUS ASLEEP?
Could it be that Jesus knew that His end was not yet? Could it be that He was sure of God’s promises for His life and destiny to be fulfilled? Could it be because He knew that God’s thoughts for Him are to give Him an expected end and this wasn’t the end He expected? Or because He knew that whatever would happen would first and only be allowed by the Father? So many questions i know but they’re are important questions if you think about them.
Do you know that even when it was time for Jesus to die, He knew and was still not scared?
In Matthew 26:53 & 54 Jesus said, “Don’t you know that I could call on my Father for help, and at once he would send me more than twelve armies of angels? 54 – But in that case, how could the Scriptures come true which say that this is what must happen?”
Two things stand out:
- Jesus knew that the entirety of His life on earth was for one and only purpose; To bring to pass the will and words of the Father, no matter what it meant.
- God is not limited in your situation that He cannot override every protocol to bring you help but maybe that situation is a path on your road to destiny and you need to be on it.
Jesus knew what He had to do would come with so much pain and he could feel it and felt it but pain is not fear. In Matthew 26:39, He said:
Matthew 26:39 He went a little farther on, threw himself face downward on the ground, and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, take this cup of suffering from me! Yet not what I want, but what you want.”
It’s okay to be concerned about the pain you’re feeling, to be concerned about the pain that still lies ahead on your path to destiny but don’t let it turn into fear because fear would stop you.
WHY YOU’RE PANICKING LIKE THE DISCIPLES WERE
The Bible says in Matthew 8:24 that the boat was in danger of sinking, it didn’t say that the boat was sinking or that if the boat had sunk they’d perish with it and most times were scared of what might happen and not what is happening, sometimes we’re too fixated on what could go wrong that we don’t see what is going right, that we don’t see who is in the boat with us and His ability to save and deliver. We’re too focused on the storm that we let fear for the storm take over our focus.
The disciples panicked because they had no comprehension of who was in the boat with them, they were not yet sure of His power and I know this because in verse 27 of Matthew 8, the Bible says that they were amazed and asked themselves what kind of man Jesus is.
Maybe you need to first understand who your God is and the extent of His power and that knowledge will fill you with the peace you need in tumultuous times and just like Jesus you’ll find yourself resting even in the middle of chaos.
The disciples said “we are about to die”, even though they were not dying yet. Fear would make you do and say things you should not be saying and it would control your life in ways you can’t imagine.
That situation will not swallow you up if you’d just realise whom you have on your side and rest in Him and His intentional wisdom and plans for your life.
WHY DID THEY THINK THEY WERE ABOUT TO DIE?
To the disciples, what they were seeing, what they focused on was big, too big that they forgot whom they had in the boat with them.
What you’re focused on influences your perspective, your decisions and actions. Determines if you move or stay.
Your mind might just be over magnifying your worries and fear because you’re focused on your fears, because you’re focused on the hurdles and trials you’d have to over come and not the goal your mind will over magnify your focus. Focus on going through it and coming out better. Focus on the blood of Christ Jesus as your shield from evil, the holy spirit to direct and lead you and focus on God’s promise of an expected end.
Fear is the major trick of the devil, don’t fall a victim. Understand who you are and weild the power you have in Christ Jesus over every situation and circumstance. You are more than a conqueror and because God almighty is sufficient then you have all you NEED to do whatever you want, just take the first.
Those situations aren’t there to destroy you but to build you and build capacity in and around you. Don’t let the devil’s trick of fear stop you.
Focus on the destination, not the storms on the journey.