Who Is In Your Boat?
When Jesus was still with the disciples, He gave them very clear instructions regarding their purpose and the authority they were to use in His name. He “called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick” (Luke 9:1-2).
“And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” — Mark 16:17-18
Yet, even though these twelve men had Jesus as their personal mentor, they still struggled to grasp the extent of what they had been given. On many occasions, this was painfully obvious and caused Jesus great distress (Mark 4:35-41).
The Storm Was Not Unexpected
I know we’ve often read this story, but do you realize that God was in the boat with them? Jesus told the disciples they were using the boat to cross to the other side of the lake. The storm was not unexpected. Jesus knew it was coming, yet He told the disciples to go anyway. They were going to make it! Jesus would not have told them to do something that they could not achieve.
However, during the storm, the disciples (not yet grounded in faith) went from, “Ooh, this could be scary,” to “God help! We’re going to die!” They took their eyes off Jesus and focused on their surroundings. The moment Jesus calmed the storm the disciples were astounded at His authority. They did not fully appreciate Who was with them in the boat or the authority He had given them. The disciples didn’t need Jesus’ help that night. They had everything within themselves to get across that lake; they just didn’t realize it.