Doubt and fear are not uncommon to any of us. We all, at various times, feel the weight of doubt holding us back , or we hear the voice of fear telling us we can’t or shouldn’t do something. And while doubts and fears sometimes serve as helpful points of caution or accountability, it seems that they most often serve to inhibit our missions, plans, and good purposes.
As a Christian, this tends to cause me to reflect on the depth and sincerity of my faith in certain instances, and perhaps it should.
I read the story of Jesus calming the storm in Matthew 8. In my most fearful and doubting states, I’m much like the disciples. Maybe you are too . . . feeling like he needs to step in do something or we’re all doomed. Or perhaps, in the worst of scenarios, wondering why Jesus is sleeping through our chaos. We find ourselves pleading with him, as the disciples did in verse 25, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”
But as the disciples were reminded, he is sovereignly in control of all things. At all times. Always!
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 (v. 26). We then see their response in the next verse: And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
Indeed, what sort of man is this Jesus? What sort of God do we serve? How often do we stand in awe of his great, sovereign power? And, as importantly, how often are we fully trusting him with our fears and doubts?
Perhaps the next time we are facing a trial or difficult situation we will be reminded of this story and of the importance of trusting in him completely. He is not a fearful or doubting God, and he’s never ‘asleep at the wheel‘, especially during those times when we feel overmatched by the winds and seas of life. The Sovereign One who spoke this world into existence is not fretting or worrying over anything, and that is incredibly reassuring in rough seas.
May we be reminded of that great assurance, and may we trust in him. Completely.