Is Jesus in Your Boat?
Notice in Psalm 91 that God is referred to as the “Most High” and the “Almighty” when speaking of the safety He brings us. The Most High means that He is above all rulers and authorities. Almighty is the Hebrew word “Shaddai,” which means THE MOST POWERFUL! Do you remember the story of the disciples on the boat with Jesus? In Mark 4:35-41, the disciples were in terror that they were going to drown. They accused Jesus of not caring about them because he was not getting involved in their rescue plans. Isn’t this how we are? “Lord, can’t you see that I am drowning here? Where are you? Why aren’t you helping out? I told you what I need You to do?”
It is interesting how we make a plan of how to fix something, or take care of a need in our lives and then tell God to join in the program and do His bit! Is this how it works? Should it not be that I admit to God my fear and worries and cry out to God for faith to walk in His will in the situation? But back to the story of the disciples in the boat . . . We see Jesus had another plan in mind. “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm” (verse 39). Well this response was sure outside of their radar! In fact, God’s involvement in this “crisis” created terror and amazement in their hearts.
What seemed to be a crisis situation turned into a “crisis of faith” situation! They wanted God to fix the problem. God had much bigger ideas! He wanted to grow their faith. He saw this as the TRUE problem. He knew they were not going to die. He had told them that before they began the journey. “That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’” (verse 35). This is a beautiful story of “Shaddai” (Almighty) wanting to demonstrate to them His power so that they could move into deeper faith in His Deity, Sovereignty, Power, Love, and Protection. Even in the midst of the storm, He was their harbor. They wanted a physical harbor. Jesus knew that He could offer them much more: a spiritual harbor. His protection was so great that “even the wind and the waves obey him!” (verse 41).