Matthew 8:23-34

Honestly, who does that? Who talks to the winds and the sea? Even more, who successfully commands the obedience of the winds and the sea? That’s the question with which Jesus’ disciples find themselves wrestling. Who does that? But interestingly enough, that isn’t the question of the two demon-possessed men Jesus met next. They knew exactly who Jesus is, so their question was one not of identity but of timing, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” The demons answer the question Jesus’ disciples couldn’t answer. Who does that? The Son of God does that. He commands the winds and the sea, and as the demons knew, He would ultimately defeat them, too. On this day, though, Jesus cast the demons out of the two men and into a nearby herd of pigs that immediately rushed into the sea and drowned. Who does that? Those who know exactly who Jesus is but reject His authority, those who would rather people choose the demons to which they are accustomed than a God too big for them to comprehend.

James 2:19 reads, “You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder!” The danger for us is that we would live today more like the demons than the disciples. The demons knew that Jesus is the Son of God, but they were driven by fear and drove others to reject Jesus with them. Yes, the disciples had questions. Who is this that commands the winds and the seas? And yes, the disciples were afraid. There may very well be winds and waves–figuratively speaking–that you fear today, too. The disciples were afraid, but they went to Jesus instead of fleeing from Him. There faith wasn’t perfect. On many occasions, it was faltering, but Jesus wasn’t faltering. Jesus isn’t faltering. The winds and the sea still obey Him. And those who oppose Him and His people still know that their time is short. So, keep the faith, even when it is little. Keep marveling at the One who commands the winds and the waves. Keep asking, “Who does that?” And you’ll keep finding that Jesus is more marvelous than you ever imagined.

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