“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
What was Jesus expecting? I’ve wondered how Jesus could say to his followers “you of little faith” when they waked him with the words “Save us Lord!”. Isn’t this the kind of faith we should have?
There is a keyword in there somewhere. “Why are you afraid?”. I believe Jesus was expecting Lion faith, not Weasel faith. His followers did believe in him, but they were crying out in blind desperation. Compare this to the leper, Centurion, the dead girl’s parents, the bleeding woman, and the blind men (all in Matt 8-9).
There is a world of a difference whether we cry out “Save us Lord!”, or “Have mercy on us, Son of David!”. I believe God prefers children who believe and expect in hope that “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him.”