What I find remarkable is the when the storm arose the disciples became afraid for their lives, but Jesus had so much perfect peace that He was asleep during the storm. Jesus was in the back of the boat, known as the stern, sleeping on a pillow and He did not have any fear because He had perfect love as we studied in 1 John 4:18.
The disciples woke Him with words of fear as they could not understand why He was not afraid. They felt as if He did not care for them. They knew Jesus had supernatural powers which would take care of the storm, but, to them, Jesus seemed apathetic towards the situation.
Was Jesus apathetic? No! Well why didn't Jesus jump up and calm the storm before now? You see the storm was a test for the disciples. The disciples had been with Jesus for a long time now and they had set under His teachings and watched Him as He healed many people of various diseases, and cast out evil spirits. The storm was a test giving them an opportunity to use what they had learned, to use their faith. Notice what Jesus said to them, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?"
The disciples failed this test, but the good news they will get a chance to retake again later. As a believer we too are tested to see if we have learned anything or not. We will get a chance to exercise faith or will we fail the test by exercising our fear, which is the opposite of faith. How we handle the faith tests in our lives helps us to grow and every we pass a test we move up to the next level of faith. Whenever we fail a test we do not get to move up to the next level until we retake the test and pass the test.
The test for each one of us today is to examine our own hearts and think back to how we have handled different circumstances. Did we stand in faith or wallow in fear?
In our next lesson we will study faith and how to know if we are living by faith or not.