And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
In the short span of time since Jesus preached the sermon on the mount he: healed a leper; healed the Centurion's servant; healed Peter's mother-in-law; cast out demons with a word and healed many others who were sick. The disciples in the boat with Jesus saw all of this.. every miracle.. and they still cowered in fear when water entered the boat. They could not imagine that Jesus, who had power over disease and demons, also had power over the weather. Their faith was small and needed to grow.
I too have seen the miraculous. I too have seen the faithfulness of God in the hardest of times. It is not for a lack of evidence that I have cowered in fear when life's storms have assaulted me. I had the same problem the men in the boat had - I responded in fear rather than faith. I think that storms come into our lives to give us an opportunity to exercise our faith.. and exercise will make our faith muscles stronger. A good thought to remember when the storms come and we are tempted to respond in fear..
Forgive me Lord when I respond in fear. Author faith in me today.