Faith to Command Wind and Waves
“And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:37-41
It is striking to me that here Jesus chides the disciples, not for having little faith, but for not having any faith at all. “…how is it that ye have no faith? He said to them."
The situation was grim indeed and any normal person would have reason to be at least apprehensive to some degree, especially if they had never been with or knew of Jesus and His teaching and the miracles He had done on many occasions in their presence. But here were the disciples in a boat with Him. Jesus in the flesh was in the same situation they were in, the same boat, the same storm, the same sea and the same wind. They were topside fearing for their lives, but He was asleep in the back of the boat.
Rembrandt - Christ in the Storm on the Lake of Galilee
Now consider this. Jesus didn’t chide them for their fear alone. He chided them for their lack of faith. He didn’t want them to be afraid either, but He knew that the fear was there because there was no faith. So, how do you do that? How do you exercise faith in the midst of fear? That indeed is the heart of the matter.
Jesus was in the same boat, but He wasn’t afraid and He wasn’t uncaring for their lives as they thought when they said, “don’t you care that we are perishing?” Without faith they thought they were going to drown in the sea. He with faith was assured that they wouldn’t. The wind and the waves would not dominate the situation in the presence of faith in God.
Faith in God will always triumph over every work of the devil.
But, back to the consideration of Jesus chiding them for having no faith. He would not have done that if there had not already been times when He demonstrated for them what faith in God could do. He would not have chided them for what they did not know. He chided them for what they should have known because He had taught it to them.
The parables they had heard of the sower and the seed, and the comparisons of the Kingdom of God all pointed to faith. They had seen Jesus heal the man with the withered hand, curse a fig tree and have it dry up from the roots in one night. Before Jesus came and before we were baptized into the Holy Spirit and He came to take up residence in us, we were all subject to the circumstances and machinations of life. But now that Jesus has come, and He lives in the heart of every believer, the circumstances of life are subject to us, to our faith in God. And with God nothing shall be impossible to them that believe. We are them that believe.
We believe therefore we speak.
“We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak…” 2 Corinthians 4:13
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” Mark 11:23
Nothing is greater than the power of our words when they are spoken with faith in the name of Jesus.
“And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.” Mark 11:22-25
Now, fear is the opposite of love. When we fear we acknowledge that we have disconnected our hearts from faith in God, Who is love, because perfect love casts out fear. [1 John 4:18] In such times all we need to do is plug back in, so to speak, to God’s love for us. His love has never left us and never will.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate usfrom the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39
Nothing shall separate us from God’s love. Therefore, nothing shall separate us from God’s power in His Word. God and His Word are one. Jesus is the incarnation of the Word of God. [John 1]
The circumstances of life had no power over Jesus. And through Him, by our words the circumstances will not have power over us.
“And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:39
We also can say to the storm, the wind and the waves, even the snow and the rain, “Peace, be still.” And it will obey us. We can say to the weather, “Be calm.” to the sick, “Be healed,” to the broken, “Be whole,” to whatever circumstance of life are thrown at us, we can say what Jesus has said concerning us, now and forever.
Winds and waves are no match for the love of God. They will not separate us.
If God be for us who can be against us?
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31