How can our faith grow? We can certainly do our part by nurturing our faith on God’s Word, for “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17). But God must also do His part. God’s part is to test our faith (James 1:3). That’s what was happening here on the Sea of Galilee. God sent along a storm that pushed the disciples’ nautical skills to the limit. Because their faith was more in themselves than in Christ, they quickly concluded, “We are perishing!” But through this storm, the disciples received a glimpse of Jesus they had never known before. And their faith lesson began: Trust more in Jesus and less in ourselves.
“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’ Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!'” (Mark 4:35-41, NKJV).
The content of this article comes from “The Warrior’s Bible” (2014) and is copyrighted by Life Publishers International. Used with permission.