It makes all the difference in the world, when we are facing difficult or scary situations who is with us or who is beside us in the situation. If you were asked about the most frightening situation you ever faced, what would come to mind? Would it be when you were in the middle of some kind of storm and had no idea what to do to be safe? Would it be a time when someone threatened you, perhaps with a gun or with a knife. One morning I was needing to get some work done at my office at the church building so I got up at 4:00 in the morning and got dressed and went to the building to get the things done that I thought had to be done quickly. It was still dark when I pulled under the driveway and started to go into the building to get to my office. I didn’t notice until I was already out of the car and had started toward the front door, that another car had pulled up right beside mine. Suddenly, out of the dark, someone called out, “Preacher” and I turned to see who was there. To my surprise, there was a man sitting in the car with his window down and the lights on in the car, with a rather large handgun pointed at me. My first thought was that it was some kind of joke and that the person was going to take a picture of me there in the dark, and afraid.
But it only took a moment for that thought and any idea of a joke to pass right on by. When I saw the man’s face, it was more frightening than the gun. I then thought he was going to rob me, but that thought passed on quickly as well. He said, “You know I could kill you right now and it would be three or four hours before anyone would find you.” For some reason, out of the blue, I said to him, “Yes, I’m sure you could do that. And if you do I will go right on to heaven and rest in the presence of the Lord. But the Lord will sure know who committed the crime and if you think you will get away from him than you are badly mistaken. Whether anyone in this world ever learns who killed me or not, the Lord will know and he will send you to hell to be punished eternally. So, if you want to go to hell, then go ahead and shoot, but I’m going on to my office to get some work done.” I turned around and walked to the door, unlocked it and went on to my office. I don’t know what happened to the guy. When I looked back out he was gone. To say the least, it was after the whole thing was over and he had driven away that the real feelings of fear hit me. After that, I stopped making a habit of coming to my office extremely early in the morning.
In Luke 8:22-25 Jesus and the disciples were sailing across the Sea of Galilee to the other side of the lake. As they sailed, Jesus fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so hat the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Maser, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided and all was calm, where is your faith? he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
Let’s face the fact, it isn’t the size of the storm that determines the danger. It is who is in the boat with you. In a minor storm if we are alone, we have reason to be afraid. What if the boat tips over or the waves come flowing into the boat. Suddenly, I am in grave danger because I am facing it alone. But if it is a Tsunami or a massive earthquake or hurricane, and Jesus the Master of the Universe is beside me then there is no reason to be afraid. He can handle whatever may come and do so in a moments time.
I know there is a world of fear rushing the world today with the news giving fresh reports on the spread of the Corona Virus growing all the time. The sense of hysteria seems to become stronger all the time, It is of extreme importance in this time that we remember who is in the boat with us. He is so calm in the midst of the storm he has laid his head down and gone to sleep. When our fears press him to awaken and see the storm, his question is “Why are you afraid?” Don’t you know who I am and what power is in my hands? He speaks and the storm calms down. Today, the storm is massive and fear runs deep. It is a powerful virus. But there is no reason for you to be in the boat alone. Jesus is always ready to ride with you and he controls the storms of every kind. Just don’t go out on the sea alone.