The sea was getting rougher and rougher. So they asked him, 'What should we do to you to make the sea calm down for us?' 'Pick me up and throw me into the sea,' he replied, 'and it will become calm. I know that it is my fault that this great storm has come upon you.' Instead, the men did their best to row back to land. But they could not, for the sea grew even wilder than before.
God turned up the heat by increasing the storm. Now that the sailors know the source of the problem, they ask for a solution. When they heard the answer, they did not like God's plan and so chose to try something else (rowing back to land). So, God had to turn up the heat and make it even worse for them. We may look at the sailors and say how foolish they were but don't we act in much the same way? God has revealed His plan to save men yet all too many choose to try and find their own way. So, God may turn up the heat. The same is true for those who have accepted His plan of salvation and are now called His children. We still may not like the plan He has for our lives in Christ and may not want to obey and do what He tells us. Once again, God may turn up the heat but we must remember that God does it for our own good and He sees the whole picture while most of the time we only see pieces.