People seek security in a lot of different things. Jobs, spouses, children, health, friends, and sometimes even blankets
But Jesus teaches us there is only one thing to truly seek security in and that is God the Father. When we die to all other forms of security this world offers, we are able to live fully secure in every area of our life and be at total peace even through the storms that come our way.
“On that day, when evening had come, He told them, ‘Let’s cross over to the other side of the sea.’ So they left the crowd and took Him along since He was already in the boat. And other boats were with Him. A fierce windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But He was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. So they woke Him up and said to Him, ‘Teacher! Don’t You care that we’re going to die?’
He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Silence! Be still!’ The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Then He said to them, ‘Why are you fearful? Do you still have no faith?’
And they were terrified and asked one another, ‘Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!’” Mark 4:35-41
Wow! I’ve heard of sound sleepers, but Jesus must have really been sound asleep to not know there was a raging storm rocking the boat.
Or could it be that Jesus was able to fall asleep easily and deeply because He knew His Father was taking care of all the details while He slept?
Many times we are unwilling to give up our hold on our security blankets long enough to truly rest in the hands of God our security. Remember back when Jesus died to doubting God? Satan quoted Psalm 91 in the hopes Jesus would test God. When you read all of Psalm 91 you see the bigger picture of a Father who will not let His children be harmed. Jesus was not testing God to see if He would save them in the boat. Jesus was resting in the security that God would save them while He slept.
“Whoever tries to make his life secure will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.” Luke 17:33
The disciples questioned Jesus about His concern for them. They were not willing to die to the security they found in their own abilities to arrive safely to the shore. When Jesus was being beaten and whipped and nailed to the cross, Jesus did not question His Father, “Don’t you care that I’m going to die?” Instead Jesus felt secure in knowing His Father was going to protect and take care of Him. Yes, He did have to suffer, but ultimately He was glorified and restored to His Father.