WHO THEN IS THIS?
On that day, when evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” So after leaving the crowd, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat, and other boats were with him. Now a great windstorm developed and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was nearly swamped. But he was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to die?” So he got up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Be quiet! Calm down!” Then the wind stopped, and it was dead calm. And he said to them, “Why are you cowardly? Do you still not have faith?” They were overwhelmed by fear and said to one another, “Who then is this? Even the wind and sea obey him!” (Mark 4.35-41)
The Lord Jesus said, “Let’s go across to the other side.” Nothing could have happened to that boat to stop it from reaching its destination; the word of the Lord had been spoken. The same has to happen to those of us who speak the Word of God today, not just with our lips, but from our soul.
The Word of God is God Himself. How can we drown when we base our decisions on it? The disciples did not even try this. They could have. They had spent time with the Lord Jesus, they had seen miracles and wonders… but they did not yet know Him. This became clear when the windstorm was transformed into a dead calm, and they exclaimed, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey him!”
They were in the same boat with a Person they did not truly, genuinely know.
Many people in church have seen and received miracles, and yet, when problems come, they reveal that their lives have only improved, they’ve only conquered some blessings by faith, but do not completely belong to God, are not born of God, are not molded by the Spirit of the Lord Jesus. This explains the anxiety and weakness that comes over them when the storms of life appear.
After the disciples had truly been converted, and were baptized with the Holy Spirit, whenever the power of God manifested around them, they were no longer overwhelmed by fear or amazed because that marvelous power was now inside of them. The fountain of living water springing up to eternal life was flowing in their inner being.