What to Do When Jesus Sleeps

Aletha HinthornThe only occasion we see Jesus asleep was when He was on a tossing ship in the midst of a wild storm! The idea to cross the lake had not been the disciples' idea. Jesus had told them, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake."

So they got into a boat and started out.  Jesus lay down with His head on a cushion and while he was napping, "a fierce storm arose. High waves began to break into the boat until it was nearly full of water."

The account in Luke 8 declares, "They were in great danger."

"Frantically they woke him up shouting, 'Teacher, don't you even care that we are going to drown?'" (Mark 4:37, 38).

Jesus woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the water, "Quiet down!" Then He asked them two questions: "Why are you so afraid?" and "Do you still not have faith in me?"

Despite the fact that "They were in great danger," Jesus was asking, "Why are you afraid?" His message was "If You have faith, you will be unafraid even when it appears you're in danger."

Jesus is our pattern of how to respond to our storms. Jesus slept. He knew very well that the storm could not do anything against His will, and so He rested.

To trust God is to be fully confident that the final outcome of our situation will be what He chooses. So we refuse to recognize difficulties as something to be feared. God cares and is in control. Even when we think He is sleep, He's working out His will and using the storm to advance His purposes and our good.

Dear Jesus, we rest in You and wait patiently for You to rebuke the storm and bring peace.

"They asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him" (Luke 8:25).

 Memory Verse for June   

"Ah, Sovereign LORD, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you...O Great and powerful God, whose name is the LORD Almighty, great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds" (Jeremiah 32:17-19).