How can you sleep during a time like this? | Finding peace in the midst of the storm.

Matthew 8:24-26

24Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

When we’re faced with a storm, one of the first emotions we feel is anxiety. It’s no surprise that when the disciples were faced with a storm, they freaked out, even though Jesus was on the boat with them.

Mark 4:38 says,

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”

I can see the disciples saying to themselves and each other, How can you sleep during a time like this? We are going to die! Wake up and do something!

Have you ever felt like God was sleeping on you? Maybe you were going through an unexpected hardship. Maybe you had questions, but God was silent. Maybe the troubles of life were so overwhelming, to the point that you thought a situation was going to take you out, and you cried out to God, and heard crickets…

“Don’t you care if we drown.”

Listen, I get it. There have been numerous times that I’ve felt like I was going to drown.

I was going under.

You want to know what my saving grace was? My faith God.

I knew that if He wouldn’t bring me out of the storm, He’d bring me through it.

Those times when He is silent and unbothered, and yet we are freaking out and very much bothered, He is still God.

No storm, no difficulty, no tragedy, no disappointments, no failures, no setbacks, no bad breaks, no sin, no guilt, no chains, no sickness, no addiction, no demon, no anxiety, no doubt, no fear, no! Nothing in all the world, no matter how big, tall, long, wide, significant or insignificant, nothing and no one… is more powerful than our God, and nothing is greater than the love He has for us… even when it feels like He’s sleeping on us…

God has given us power and wants us to use it. We must speak to our storms. Call those things that are not, as though they were. Listen, Jesus is our co-signer. There are things we can’t do on our own, but we can in Jesus name.

Psalm 84:11 says,

For the LORD God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The LORD will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.

Go in faith. In the storm, when the ocean waves starts rocking the boat, when the water begins to get on the boat, when there’s no sign of clear skies, when everything looks grey and you can’t see your way… Go. In. Faith…

You know what’s interesting to me? When the disciples woke Jesus and asked Him to save them. He told them that they had little faith. This tells me that it only takes a little faith to believe that God can or will work on our behalf, but it takes much faith to speak to a storm with the authority of Jesus Christ, and believe that the storm will obey.

I think we’re in our own way.

We must develop a mindset that it’s not us talking, but Jesus, through us. We are His vessels. When we gain the mindset that we (our human form) is not in control, but God’s Spirit that dwells in us, we will not only speak to our storms, but sleep through them to- and peacefully, knowing God is in control.

Isaiah 43:2

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.

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