Why Did You Doubt God?

The backstory of this verse is that Jesus and His disciples were out in a ship when a great storm came up. The wind was beating against the ship and the ship was filling with water. The disciples were surely filled with anxiety; however, Jesus was sleeping in the back of the ship. The disciples woke Him and said, “Master, carest thou not that we perish?” Jesus then arose, rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, “Peace, be still.” Then the storm stopped. He proceeded to ask the disciples, “Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?”

I don’t know about you, but there have been multiple times where I have read a passage of Scripture where there is a doubter, and I think, “Why did you doubt God? You should have known He was going to perform what He said He would.” Why am I so confident in that fact, though? I know the end of the story! It can be easy to look at the stories of people recorded in the Bible and laugh at their unbelief. However, when we’re in the midst of a situation that looks impossible or hopeless in our own lives, are we not, so often, just like them? How easily do we trust when we can’t see the end of the story? It can be very easy to wonder what God’s doing when you’re in the midst of a hard time, but how freeing it is when we cast “all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)! We, so often, try to struggle through life on our own, forgetting we have a Savior Who is willing to fight for us/equip us for the battle, if we will just surrender to Him and His will for our lives. Now, I know that is much easier said than done! As humans, we often want to know “what happens next.” Walking a few steps and waiting until God opens the door isn’t usually the plan we have for our lives. But, as Corrie ten Boom said, “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

The Savior who “the wind and the sea obey” is the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He could calm the storms then, He has the capability to calm them now, if it be His will. Will you trust Him today?

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