The storm was raging and the disciples were afraid for their lives. Surely the boat was going to break apart from the force of the wind and the waves. Where was Jesus? Asleep!
The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Mark 4:38-40.
Often times, we find our lives experiencing similar storms. The wind and the waves assault our health, our marriage, our relationships, our finances. We may feel as though the storm will destroy our ship. And at that moment is when we realize we need Jesus.
The disciples realized they needed Jesus. They knew that Jesus was the solution to their situation. So why did Jesus rebuke their faith? Jesus rebuked their faith because what the disciples thought they needed was a change in their situation. But what Jesus knew they needed was a change in their heart.
A change in a situation is temporary. When the next storm comes, you are no more prepared than when you endured the last storm. But when your heart changes, you find strength in Jesus to weather the storm.
The Bible tells us that the storms will rage more fierce in the last days. The evil one will step up his warfare. “Peace be still” is what Jesus wants to call out to our hearts. If he calms the wind and waves, we will not grow. If he calms our hearts, we will become stronger in Him. Where are your eyes turned? Are you focused on the wind and the waves? Or are you focused on Jesus? Where you turn your eyes is exactly what you will find.