Sleeping Through the Storm

On worry. And why you don’t need to do it anymore.

As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.

Jesus was sleeping at the back of the boat with his head on a cushion. The disciples woke him up, shouting, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?”

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then he asked them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
Mark 4:35–40

Do you ever wonder how Jesus could actually have slept through this? After all, the premature death of the Son of God would be fairly catastrophic to God’s redemption plan. Imagine the conversation: “Father, you know that plan you had? Yes, THE plan… set in motion since the beginning of time — the only hope for all the earth? Well… I was SO tired last night and, well, do you happen to have a plan B?”

Of course, this isn't the case. Jesus wasn't sleeping because he was oblivious to the danger around him. Jesus slept because he knew that no danger in the present could ever derail the plans God had for his future!

We need to recognize that we, as daughters and sons adopted by the King, have the same promise. Our confidence is in the Lord. We have no need to fear sudden terror or ruin. He has a plan and purpose for us. He knows our future, and his plan is to prosper us and to give us hope. In the midst of anything we can still put our head down to rest, knowing nothing is greater than His sovereignty.

When Jesus’ disciples finally rouse him, he chastises them for their lack of faith. It’s easy to assume that he’s referring to a lack of faith in his power over nature, but this isn't the case. After all, they were the sailors! If they were relying on human intervention to keep them afloat, a carpenter would not have been the one to wake. They woke Jesus because they believed he could save them.

The disciples’ problem wasn't a lack of faith in Jesus’ power over the present. Their problem was that they didn’t have faith in his power over their future.

Our ultimate security is found only when we realize that our God reigns over both our present and our future. This understanding is the only thing gives us freedom from worry and anxiety.

He holds the world in his hands. Your days, every one of them, were written in His book before the advent of time. He loves you immeasurably.

Sleep tight.

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