Summary: Jesus knew what He was doing! He always does. He had just finished giving peace to his discipes troubled by an angry demonic storm. And He would not be thwarted in giving peace to some troubled men who were in the grip of demonic influence.
Part 13 - Matthew 8:23-34 - DOES JESUS SLEEP IN YOUR STORMS TOO?
"I got into the boat with the other disciples and we started across the lake. Some Pharisees seemed annoyed and the crowd was disappointed that we were going, but I saw Jonas, a man who had been healed of leprosy placating the crowd and telling them that Jesus was sure to return. I must admit I wondered at Jesus’ reasoning. Why would he leave such a responsive crowd as this. They hung on His every word and despite this, Jesus had requested that we go across the lake. Maybe He just wanted a break. It wasn’t long before the small sail began to bulge with the wind and with the creaking and rocking of the boat, I watched as Jesus fell asleep in the front of the boat. He must have been exhausted.
We had covered some distance when it happened. A fierce storm struck the boat like a savage animal. It came up so suddenly that I lost my footing for a while and stumbled into Peter who was holding onto the mast. The sky seemed immediately ravenous with lightning and growled out a thunderous warning from it’s billowing clouds. It was like the snarling of a rabid dog, hungry to fight. It’s nostrils flared as it lunged at us with it’s biting wind. Within an amazingly short span of time we were in danger of sinking. The turmoil of this storm was building.
After the initial shock of what was happening, I glanced back to the front of the boat to see how Jesus was faring, and was astonished to see that He was still asleep. By this time waves were breaking into the boat and an eerie sense of evil pervaded the sky. The devil was in this storm and it seemed that he was already reaching back with his whip ready to lunge at us again and sink the boat. And Jesus was asleep! What’s more He was peaceful and undisturbed! Could He not tarry with us until this storm was over?
I noticed Matthew and Andrew desperately trying to wake Him and shouting "Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!" And then as Jesus awoke lightning struck somewhere near us and the sky rumbled again, but this time as if in distress. We were all startled and stressed by our predicament.
We experienced fishermen and boatmen were helpless in the midst of such a storm as this, but Jesus still looked tired from being awakened and a little puzzled as He looked around at our faces. He said, "Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!" Apparently He thought WE could do something about the storm!
He hardly noticed the wave that was about to swamp us coming up from behind Him but at that moment the sky seemed to gasp as He turned and I heard a sudden gutteral roar - the sound of a lion recoiling from a spear wound, astonished as it penetrates it’s heart.
The blood began to drain from my face as I saw for a moment the assurance of Jesus gaze and then the stern censure of His voice as He rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly all was calm. A chill ran up and down my spine. I was astonished. I spoke to Peter "Who is this man? Even the winds and waves obey Him!"