Okay Jesus, as a disciple what does this story mean for me?
Simply put, it means we do not just claim allegiance to God, but we live as if we believe it. Jesus was not attacking their discipleship, just their belief that God is over all things. How would our lives change if, instead of panicking about not making rent next month, we sit in patience and wait for Jesus by his bed while the world is chaotic around us? What would our lives look like if we built up a history of trusting that Jesus won't let us drown?
A few things from this word study and then off we go:
1. Jesus isn't oblivious
He knows just what you're going through. He knows it can be scary, and he didn't rebuke their fear. He was just upset that they didn't trust his power in their lives. How much more does God know what we're going through when the Spirit dwells within us? It might seem like he is sleeping, but he is waiting for you to submit your will to his. He is not oblivious about the storm around you, but he is waiting patiently for you to leave the others up top fretting about life, and to go sit by his bed because he is the only one who can command the waves, and trusting that he will.
2. Jesus wants you to build a history of trusting him
This is not for his benefit, but for yours. If you were to walk in a constant, reoccurring faith that reveals itself over and over again, it will impact those around you. We see that his disciples struggled with this because after he died, they just went on with their days grieving his death instead of believing he would do what he said he would. Contrary to popular teaching, this rebuke IS about quantity. This was not for Jesus' sake because he was insecure about his disciples not being perfect examples. This was for our sake because he knew that we would have authority among our brothers and sisters and the bystanders of our lives if we were to prove our faith by quantity of times we have believed he is greater than our circumstances. What would it look like to you if, over and over again, you saw a friend in danger or trouble and every time they didn't panic, but believed and it was answered? It would cause you to trust Jesus a little more, wouldn't it?
3. Jesus loves you
This is plain and apparent in every teaching of the scriptures, but let's apply that to this verse. Jesus is for your ultimate joy and he always has been. When he rebukes you, it is not as a slave master to his slave, but rather a friend to another friend. He is saying, "Hey, what's up? You're putting yourself through pain and you have a very heavy burden on you right now. I already took care of that. Just believe and you'll feel better. I have everything under control, watch." He is saying that in this text. He didn't create a whip or pull out the paddle. He said, "Don't you know how much I love you and how much power I wield over the world? I'll show you again and maybe tomorrow you'll trust me a little more."
He is for you and wants your life to be filled with instances of faith so that you don't have to struggle or carry a burden too heavy. He wants you to be free to do two very simple things: love God and love your neighbor.
Test his yoke and rest in this reality today.