Have you ever heard someone ask a question that made you scratch your head and wonder what in the world they were thinking? The following questions are purportedly true and were asked by lawyers in a court of law.
- Now doctor, isn’t it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn’t know about it until the next morning?
- The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?
- Were you present when your picture was taken?
- Doctor, how many of your autopsies have been performed on dead people?
As ridiculous and confusing as these questions are, I wonder if the disciples didn’t feel the same way about Jesus’ question to them in the boat. Read Matthew 8:23-27. The storm was so fierce that Matthew used the word seismos - the term we use for measuring earthquakes – to describe it. The disciples genuinely believed their lives were in danger. So they wake up Jesus who promptly asks them…
Why are you so afraid?
There are only two possible explanations for this question from Jesus. 1) Jesus was so sound asleep and out of it that He didn’t realize how bad the storm was; or 2) Jesus was aware of something that the disciples didn’t know about. I’m betting on the second one.
If you consider only the physical storm then Jesus’ question seems a bit out-of-place; even clueless or cruel or insensitive. So why would Jesus ask such a question? Because He was aware of a bigger reality. He knew that our heavenly Father was in control and could be trusted.
So what are we lacking? What is keeping us from having this same kind of assurance in the midst of lifes’ storms? FAITH!
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. ~ Hebrews 11:1-3
The One who formed the universe by merely speaking it into existence is still in control and can be trusted!
Yesterday we began a new sermon series called Fearless that will explore the various areas of life that trouble us the most. If you missed it you can listen to the message on my Sermon/Audio page. If you missed yesterday’s blog check it out and give me your feedback on your “Top 5 Fears.” If you wrestle with fear at all – and we all do on some level – imagine being in the boat with Jesus as He asks the question…
Why are you so afraid?