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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Storms

Jesus Stills the Sea Luke 8:22-25
22 (Q)Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of(R)the lake.” So they launched out. 23 But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on(S)the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger.24 They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “(T)Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and (U)rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and [f]it became calm. 25 And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”

Recently a girlfriend was going through a tough time and as we were sitting there trying to be encouraging to her she was reminded of a sermon she had recently heard. She gave me a few highlights and as I've read over this passage I have continued to be so struck by these points.

1) v.22 Jesus TELLS the disciples where to take the boat.
2) v.23 they head directly into a storm so large the disciples (experienced fishermen some of them) fear for their lives.
3) v. 24 they wake Jesus and ask for help, He IMMEDIATELY responds.
4) v. 25 Jesus asks them "Where is your faith?"

Sometimes in life Jesus commands us to walk directly into a storm. The disciples had complete faith in Jesus and acted out of obedience when they were asked to steer the boat a specific direction. The crazy thing is that even with Jesus' physical presence as soon as a storm hit the disciples assumed the worst. As soon as the storm hit they completely forgot that it was Jesus who has sent them into the storm in the first place. Grace is present in this story. v. 24 tells us that as soon as the disciples cried out for help Jesus responded. He calmed the storm. v.25 sounds to me like a question asked out of surprise. Jesus says "Where is your faith?" In other words, don't you trust me to keep you safe? It wasn't a mistake we headed out here when we did! I'm right here and I'm in control!

The disciples weren't the only people God commanded to head into a "storm". Moses, Esther, Noah, Paul...me....you?

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