What Do You Do When the Storm Comes?

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Luke 8:22-25 (NIV)

22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.

24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.

In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

 

In this account from Luke’s Gospel, Jesus simply invited the disciples to sail with Him to the other side of the lake, but He said nothing about the fact that they would go through a storm before they got to the other side.  As they set out across the water, Jesus even fell asleep.  Eventually a terrible storm arose, and the disciples panicked.  The distress among the disciples rose to sheer terror as the wind and waves threatened to overturn the vessel.  The disciples rush to Jesus, still asleep and seemingly oblivious to the impending danger.  They awaken Him with fear and panic in their voices: “Master, Master, we’re going to die!”  Jesus responds by simply rising and rebuking the storm.  Then He turns to His disciples and rebukes them for their unbelief.  They are left in awe of His power but still fearful, this time of Jesus himself.

One would think that the disciples would have great faith by this time.  After all, they had witnessed firsthand the power of Jesus to perform miracles, but the reality is that they failed to demonstrate faith time and time again in the Gospel narratives.  This story is no exception.  It is easy for us to criticize the disciples, but if we are honest, we have had the same type of response as the storms of life have arisen and threatened to shipwreck us.  We tend to panic as we focus on the storm and not on the One who is able to calm the storm.  No matter the situation or struggle, whether at home or in the workplace, we are to look up and fix our eyes on God.  He will certainly see us through the wind and waves, even if it does not look like it at the moment.

 

What are some storms you are facing right now in your life?

How are you responding?

What would change if you felt a growing ability to fix your eyes on Jesus in the storm?

How could you cultivate that ability?

I have found that in my life, when the hard times come, that is when I am drawn to God the most.  In those times I actually feel the closest to God and because of that, I feel great comfort and protection.  Because of this, it gives me great strength and courage to weather the storm and see it through.  God is the rock that I keep myself attached to, which keeps me from getting blown away.  I know that I can make it through anything as long as I stay connected to God.  What a comfort it is to have that kind of security in a world where you can’t fully count on anything else.

 

 

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