The scriptures depict wrath, chaos, doubt, tumult, rage, and fear in the waters of the sea. Noah and the flood, Moses and the Red Sea, Jonah and the whale, and Jesus rebuking the wind and the waves all come to mind.
“For you cast me into the deep,
into the heart of the seas,
and the flood surrounded me;
all your waves and your billows
passed over me.
Then I said, ‘I am driven away
from your sight…’” (Jonah 2:3-4).
Like Jonah we have all been driven away from God by our rebellion. Though He is our master and Lord we have not put full faith in Him. Although we confess Him, even one stray wave may threaten our faith in God. We children cry and accuse,
“do you not care that we are perishing?” (Mark 4:38)
This blog was created to build up the body of Christ, and to resist this lack of faith, “so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes…” (Eph 4:14).
Stray waves may confuse us and cause us to fear, whether they are new doctrines, captivating cultural movements, the sins that so easily entangle us, or lofty philosophy – By the Spirit “We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…” (1 Cor 10:5).
And [Jesus] awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (Mark 4:39-41)