Storm

Posted: September 5, 2015 in TLCC
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Sometimes, we feel that the storms of life are too much to handle. When storms come into our lives, we feel so powerless. We feel like it’s the end of the world. The Bible teaches us that Perception can be deceptive. We must fix our eyes on Jesus, instead of circumstances. The text on Luke 8:22-25 will teach us about where we are supposed to put our focus on.

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(Read: Matthew 8:23-27; Mark 4:35-41; Luke 8:22-25)

22 One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out,

Jesus was going from town to town, preaching and healing. His disciples, by now, have witnessed a lot and have seen that (a) he can heal, (b) he knows the thoughts, (c) teaches about the Kingdom of God. Jesus was the one who told them to go across the lake. So they went.

23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger.

24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”

Jesus was not off guard about the storm. He was the one who told them to cross the lake. He knew this was going to happen. He sleeps in the boat. A storm comes and the disciples tries to keep themselves afloat. They wake Jesus up…

“Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Matthew 8:25
“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Mark 4:38
“Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” Luke 8:24

Instead of looking to Jesus, they were looking at the situation. This storm is going to sink us! Lord, do you care about me at all?

We ask God questions like…

“Lord, why me?”

“Lord, I’m sinking in debts, do you even care about me?”

“Lord, aren’t you going to do something about my situation?”

The disciples were more concerned about themselves. They were focused on their safety. After what they have seen what Jesus could do, they should have gone straight to him. Aren’t we just like the disciples?

And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm.

25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”

Jesus woke up and calmed the storm. Then he asked his disciples, “where is your faith?” That’s like saying…

Why are you not taking your faith and applying it to this position?

Faith is something we exercise. It’s not automatic. It’s not something that comes when we need it. It is an activity. If faith is automatic, the disciples should have “turned on” their faith when the water was filling the boat.

Faith is refusal to panic. Knowing that God is in control doesn’t mean He is going to remove every storm in our lives. As one writer puts it, “sometimes He calms the storm, but on other times He calms the child.” Faith means putting my trust in Jesus instead of letting the situation take control of me.

Faith, no matter how small, God honors. Jesus did rebuke His disciples but He calmed the storm anyway. The disciples had little faith left, that is why they went to the Master. God didn’t kick them out of the boat. That is something we need to ponder on. No matter how small our faith is, we can come to God. (DL Martin – Lloyd Jones)

When the storms of life hit, they almost always appear stronger to us than God’s Word. It is crucial for us to remember that our perceptions can be deceptive. When circumstances strike fear into our hearts, the question we must ask ourselves is, where is your faith? (John Piper)

Consider the following verses when we are in doubt, when we get overwhelmed by the storms of life…

Psalm 46:10 –
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”

Matthew 11:28-30 –
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

John 16:33 –
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 –
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.

1 Peter 5:7 –
casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

Be Still. Take HIS yoke. Jesus has already overcome the world even if we have storms all over. Trust in the Lord. Cast your anxieties on Him. ‘Nuff said.

Trust what God has to say over what you see.

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