We read the story of Jesus calming the storm. The winds are howling, the waves are crashing and the disciples are panicking. Why were they so concerned?
As far back as I can remember, I have been terrified of dogs. Big dogs, little dogs, hot dogs. I have frozen in fear at the sight of a canine and the phobia still seems to be going strong after all of these years. But, here’s the thing. If I pass someone walking their dog on a leash, I don’t freak out and act a fool. I trust that the owner of the animal is in control of it. Now, if I encounter a dog and there is no owner in sight, it’s every woman for herself.
These men found themselves in the middle of an out of control sea and simply didn’t realize that Jesus had the storm on a leash.
All throughout Scripture, Satan tries to make people doubt two things about Jesus. First, he wants people to doubts Jesus’ Godness.
If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread. Matthew 4:3
If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. Matthew 4:6
If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself. Luke 23:37
The problem is that, once someone has a face to face encounter with Christ, there is no doubting His Godness.
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.” Mark 8:29
This doesn’t deter Satan. He just moves to the next trick in his bag. If the enemy can’t make you doubt His Godness, he’ll attempt to make you doubt His goodness.
Teacher! Don’t you care that we’re going to die? Mark 4:38
Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Luke 10:40
Don’t you care, Lord?
When the job doesn’t work out, the baby doesn’t come, the prodigal doesn’t return, our health fails, Prince Charming doesn’t arrive, someone betrays us, we’ve been rejected. Underneath it all is one vital question: Don’t you care, Lord?
Satan wants you to wonder if Jesus is good.
Spoiler alert: He is good.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
The Lord is good to all. Psalm 145:9
Maybe you’re grieving a loss. Perhaps, you’re making your way through the valley of the shadow. Possibly, you’re coming to terms with the fact the God’s plan doesn’t look quite like your plan did.
Here is what we need to cling to in any and every situation.
We have a Saviour who is God and who is good. That’s a combination worthy of our worship and our faith.
You are loved.