He's Seen This Before
Who has gone up to heaven and come down?
Whose hands have gathered up the wind?
Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?
Who has established all the ends of the earth?
What is his name, and what is the name of his son?
Surely you know!
- Proverbs 30:5
Surely as Luke wrote down the story of the disciples on the stormy sea, he thought of this passage. See that story below and look at the remarkable parallels.
Think about the fact that the book of Proverbs was written about 1,000 years before Jesus calmed that storm. And yet the exact same feelings are related in both passages! It's almost like God has seen these situations before. Indeed, God has also seen the storm you are in right now - he's seen that kind of storm a zillion times. And he knows the kinds of questions you're asking - just like the author of Proverbs and the disciples in the boat. And God wants to encourage you to ask those questions, to wrestle in that storm, to know that you are not alone and that Jesus is with you right now.
Here's that passage about the disciples on the boat:
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
- Luke 8:22-25