Jesus got into the boat. 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! We’re going to drown!” Jesus replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?”
If we’re honest, Jesus is asking a provocative question. Of course the disciples were afraid! Picture it. In the middle of a deadly storm, facing the reality of drowning, fear is a natural response. Right? Without warning, disaster strikes, and the disciples’ sense of control and skill is quickly replaced by panic and despair. Are you serious, Jesus? Of course we are afraid.
We all experience it. Our culture breeds it. Left to ourselves, our minds cultivate it. The unexpected storms of life intensify it. Jesus asks, “why are you so afraid?” Terror. Sickness. Failure. Violence. Insanity. Change. Loss. Rejection.
Jesus is in the boat with you. Storms will come, and they will generate both fear and faith. Like the disciples in the storm, our only response is to cry out, “Lord, save us!” This cry is a cry of faith. And even if our faith is “little,” when it’s placed in Jesus, it is enough.
A fearless life isn’t one without storms. A fearless life is one that chooses to cry out to Jesus when the storms hit. Collyde Summit 2019 is about crying out to Jesus in faith, following Him regardless of our circumstances and experiencing His perfect love that casts out fear.
“We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us.” – 2 Cor. 1:8-10