Jesus was in the boat with His disciples when the windstorm came.
Jesus was sound asleep as the waves and the wind tossed the boat around.
Asleep, as water began to fill the boat.
Maybe you think He was asleep on the job when a tornado devastated Moore, Oklahoma on Monday.
Maybe, like the disciples, your question is, "Don't you care?"
In the gospel accounts, the disciples woke Jesus up and He rebuked the wind and waves.
The wind ceased and there was a great calm.
He then rebuked the disciples and asked, "Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?"
The greatest minds and theologians have wrestled with the issue of God's sovereignty.
I think every human being questions why a good God allows suffering in this world.
We especially question why He allows the innocent to suffer.
When children die, we wonder why.
While I don't have the answers, here's what I observe from the scriptures referenced above.
-Jesus was in the middle of the storm with them.
-Jesus remained at peace and rest while the storm raged.
In other words, God isn't freaked out, surprised or worried when circumstances are raging around us.
-Jesus had the power to calm the wind and the waves.
The reason why He didn't stop the tornado on Monday is only known in His great heart.
He could have.
-Jesus rebuked the disciples for their fear and lack of faith.
Here's where things can get touchy, get confusing.
In my opinion, I don't think Jesus was rebuking the disciples because
they questioned His ability to control the forces of nature.
I believe He rebuked them because they doubted His love, His care, His concern.
And every time bad things happen to good people,
the enemy shoots his arrow into that exact same bulls-eye.
He accuses God of not caring and not loving us.
And we swallow his lies hook, line and sinker.
I don't have the answers to the question why.
But I am planted firmly and unshakeably on these truths.
-God is always in control.
-Nothing that happens on this earth catches God by surprise.
-Jesus is in the midst of our mess, our storm, our circumstances with us.
The Amplified Bible says He never relaxes His hold on us.
-No matter what our circumstances are, God's love for us and God's goodness are steadfast.
-God looks at things from an eternal perspective, while we look at things from a finite perspective.
In other words, this life is a blip on the screen compared to all He has prepared for us.
However, most of us live life totally consumed with our comfort in the here and now.
No matter where you are, no matter what you are facing,
His eye is upon you.
His ear is open to your cries.
His heart is fully invested in you.
You are in His hands.