One day Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us cross over to the other side.” So they got into a boat and made their way across the Sea of Galilee, which is actually a massive, freshwater lake. And when a huge storm came, the waves beat against their boat. But Jesus was sound asleep.
The disciples woke Him and said, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38 NKJV).
Then the Bible tells us that Jesus got up and “rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm” (verse 39 NKJV).
Afterward Jesus turned to them and said, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” (verse 40 NKJV). The disciples saw that Jesus had the power to stop nature’s havoc if He chose to.
Sometimes Jesus will come into the midst of a problem and say, “Stop,” and it stops. But at other times He goes with us through our problems. Yet it’s better to be in a storm with Jesus than anywhere else without Him.
Remember that Jesus said, “Let us cross over to the other side.” He didn’t say, “Let’s all go out to the middle of the Sea of Galilee and die.” Jesus didn’t promise them smooth sailing, but He did promise them a safe arrival. And the same is true for us.
Fear makes us sink. We all know the feeling. Everything is going great, and then suddenly anxiety and fear grips us. We’re practically drowning in our doubts. But when faith reigns, fear has no place. And when fear reigns, faith is driven away.
Jesus has not promised us smooth sailing in life, but He has promised us a safe arrival. We will get to the other side.