Some storms come on so suddenly and with no warning that there is no way to prepare for them.
“Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.
But Jesus was sleeping”.
(Matthew 8:24 NIV)
Jesus was resting in the midst of a storm that was so violent it was threatening their lives.
His disciples did the same thing we do in our most violent storms, we go to God and say “why are you sleeping, don’t you care about me? Wake up and save me!
“The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
He 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.
(Matthew 8:25-26 NIV)
Jesus was already sleeping, he didn’t need to quiet winds and calm the waves. He was already resting in the middle of it all.
He was able to because:
1). He knew God determined his time on earth, not a storm- even the most violent of ones.
2). He knew who he was- the son of God, on mission from God, filled with the power of God.
3). He knew that eternity was on the other side of physical death. If he died, he would be ushered into heaven and back home.
4). He knew his mission was not over yet.
So he rested and slept.
The best thing for you to do in a storm is rest.
1). Rest in God’s sovereignty – he knows the moment you will cross into eternity.
2). Rest in knowing who you are: an adopted child of God, redeemed by Jesus Christ to live life loved and drenched in God’s grace.
3). Rest in the hope and assurance of heaven bought by the cross and sealed by the resurrection.
4). Rest in the knowledge that if you are here, God’s mission for you is not done yet.