The Storm

“Then He got into the boat and His disciples followed Him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke Him saying, “Lord save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves and it was completly calm. Then the men were amazed and ask, “What kin of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him.

What do we see wrong in this scenario. As believers and even many non believers, we have heard this story many times, but have we really taken a moment to analyze what is going on in this passage and how it is relates to our lives today. Here we have Jesus Christ of Nazareth sitting in a boat with His hand picked disciples and a storm comes out of nowhere and  they are scared. The disciples are literally panicking at the thought that this storm will kill them with their Lord and Savior in the very same boat. These disciples are in such fear and doubt and disregarding that Jesus is with them. The same Jesus that they left everything to follow. The same Jesus  who had been teaching them everything about life, prayer, and worry. The same Jesus who healed Peters mother-in-law and many others and cast  out demons. This was the same Jesus that they  now had such little faith to believe could save them from this mere storm. The disciples should have sat on this boat, kept their eyes on Jesus and held on tight, putting all their faith in the Jesus that was right there with them.

The thing is that many of us go around saying things like “In the midst of the storm, I trust in my Lord,” but do we honestly live by that and believe with every fiber of our being that God is with us and can calm our storms. Or do we become like these disciples and in the midst of the storm begin to cry, shout, worry and forget all the things that Jesus has brought us through. Do we begin to question God and wonder where He went?  In all honesty that is what many of us do.When our storms come into our lives, we panic and fear until Jesus comes in and calms the storm and sometimes He doesn’t always come right away. He allows the storm to shake us before He steps in. Sometimes He lets us wrestle with the waves, while still keeping a close eye, to teach us lessons and to even strengthen us. At the end of the day the only fear we should ever have is the fear of God.

In this instance, do not follow the example of the disciples. Know that no matter what storm, no matter what fire and circumstances you find yourself facing in this life: you are not alone. God is that boat with you. He is in that furnace with you. He will always be there and nowhere in the Bible does He say He will leave you in your time of need. Do not keep your eyes on your storm but keep your eyes focused on Jesus Christ.

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