We are told in the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke that Jesus got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! Don’t you care that we are perishing?”
As this plague is seemingly sweeping over the nation and much of the world, and it appears as though Jesus is asleep and unaware of what we are going though— many cry out in their hearts:
“Lord, don’t you care?!”
“Don’t you care that people are sick and dying?”
“Don’t you care that many are out of work?”
“Don’t you care that businesses and schools have closed?”
“Lord, Don’t you care?!”
When the disciples said this to Jesus, He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, “Peace! Be still!” and it was completely calm.
When The Lord seems to be silent, He is still working; Jesus is never unaware or caught off guard. He is allowing you to go through the valley in order to strengthen you as a believer— to test and try your trust in Him so that your bold proclamations of faith professed during peace time do not turn out to be corny Christian clichés.
Just as the disciples were in that boat for a purpose, the ones who follow Christ today are here for such a time as this. We are here in order to demonstrate the faith in Christ which produces calm in the midst of calamity.
Believer, It comes down to this: Do you trust God, or not?
For those who trust in The Lord, there comes a time when we must surrender control to Him and pray the words of Habakkuk:
“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. The Sovereign LORD is my strength…”
Repent Believe Persevere