Lord of Creation
September 1, 2020
. . . He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm (Matthew 8:26).
There is a wonderful contrast between the power of the storm and the power of the Savior. In the midst of the storm, the wind and waves not only mastered the physical lives of the disciples, they also mastered their souls - they were afraid they would die. On the other hand, in the midst of the storm, the wind and waves were mastered by the Lord Jesus Christ who created them.
Concerning the Lord, the psalmist wrote (104:3-7), He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters; He makes the clouds His chariot; He walks upon the wings of the wind; He makes the winds His messengers, flaming fire His ministers. He established the earth upon its foundations, so that it will not totter forever and ever. You covered it with the deep as with a garment; the waters were standing above the mountains. At Your rebuke they fled, at the sound of Your thunder they hurried away.
To the storm Jesus said, Be silent! Be muzzled! The perfect tense of the Greek words reveal that before Jesus spoke, the storm was calmed by the simple fiat of His will. The words were for the benefit of the disciples who might have thought the storm ended as it had begun. Our Lord’s rebuke of the storm reveals the sovereign authority Jesus has as the Son of God, thus proving He is God and Lord of His creation. As such, He is also Lord of all that is in creation that comes against His people.
Augustin of Hippo wrote, “When we allow temptations to overcome us, Christ sleeps in us. We forget Christ at such times. Let us, then, remember him. Let us awake him. He will speak. He will rebuke the tempest in the soul, and there will be a great calm."
“When I think I'm going under, part the waters, Lord
When I feel the waves around me, calm the sea
When I cry for help, oh, hear me, Lord and hold out Your hand
Touch my life, still the raging storm in me.” (Annie Hawks)
“Lord Jesus, thank You for demonstrating Your authority over all that stands up against Your people. Such understanding calms my fears and encourages my confidence in You. Let me not, O Lord, see the wind and waves as Peter did, and thereby sink under the power of life’s storms. Rather, keep my eyes focused on You that I may continue to walk with You in the midst of life’s storms. Bless me with peace that I may be a blessing to You and Your people. To Your honor and glory I ask, Amen.”