38 …he (Jesus) was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care if we perish?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?”
Martin Luther once observed that birds lack faith. When he walked in the garden they took flight, though he meant them no harm. Fear. It’s everywhere. And because it is we spend large amounts of our life’s energies and resources in attempting to secure ourselves against real or perceived threats.
The disciples, caught in a storm on the Sea of Galilee, were beside themselves with panic. Nature’s threat was overwhelming them. They rousted Jesus from his sleep, wondering if He was indifferent to the danger and to their safety. Our Lord Jesus saw things for what they were. Why were they afraid? Had the reality of faith still eluded them? Well, yes.
You can sense the concern in our Lord’s questions. They were with Him. What is there to fear? And so it is for us. We belong to Jesus Christ. In baptism He has promised to be our God, to go all the way with us through thick and thin. His faithfulness to us is what defines our relationship to Him. When we wring our hands in worry and fear over the myriad plights of life, believing that everything depends on us, we join the world’s chorus of anxiety exemplified by the distraught disciples.
But the love of Jesus casts out fear, calms the anxious mind and holds us in the firm grip of grace. So, dear Christian, remember this, because of our sinful selves, the world and the Evil One there is much to be concerned about. But fear not! Because of Jesus Christ there is nothing to worry about!
“May the peace of God that passes all understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus our Lord.”