Today while taking time to read the Word of God I came across a passage of scripture that has, in a sense, become one of my life verses.
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,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!” 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?”
This verse has constantly been a comfort to my adventure with Christ because there are many times I go through storms. Storms emotionally, storms spiritually, storms physically, storms mentally… you name it! And just like a physical storm, once your in the midst of all its power it gets hard to see.
When the storm hit the disciples they did the right thing! They ran to Jesus! They not only ran to Him but they woke Him up from his power nap! When Jesus woke up, without a word to the disciples, he rebuked the storm and then asked his friends, “Where is your faith?”. What I believe the disciples did wrong was approached Jesus with the thought that He would do nothing.
Oh how many times I pray to God about the storm I’m in but my prayers have the tone of desperation that maybe Jesus will not intervene. Where is my faith? The funny thing in this passage is the path the Jesus led them to was the path where the storm hit.
So when you caught in a storm I think there a few things we can do:
1. Ask ourselves are we following Jesus or have we strayed from his direction?
2. We must remember that if God is leading you there is no way he will let you drown. He will not throw a life saver but he will be your life’s savior. (I know a little corny, but it is so true).
3. Next time you find yourself in a storm… Run to Jesus… but not in wishful thinking but in assurance that there is Hope in Jesus!
Let Hope Rise!