In church on Sunday, our pastor spoke about the storms of life and our faith in God. In Luke, chapter 8, we find the disciples and Christ in a boat trying to cross from one side of a lake to the other. I’ve never been to Israel, but I understand the storms there (such as on the Sea of Galilee) can form very quickly, making it quite dangerous for boaters.
In the Biblical account, Christ is sleeping in the boat when such a terrible storm comes up and the boat becomes swamped with water. At that point, the disciples woke Christ with a frantic, “Master, master, we perish!” Christ rose, rebuked the wind and raging water, whereupon the sea became calm. Then Christ turned to the disciples and asks them where their faith is. At this point, the disciples are both afraid and filled with wonder, asking, “What manner of man is this? For he commands even the winds and water and they obey him.” (Luke 8:24-25, KJV)
The disciples were fishermen. They might have built the boat they were in. The knew the lake, they knew the weather patterns there. They knew each other and their capabilities. They put their faith in what they knew and Christ called them on it.
Like the storm, there are things that can rock our world: finances, fear, failure, uncertainty. And yet, as our pastor said, storms do not build faith. Storms reveal faith. Troubles in our lives show us where we have placed our faith. It might be in ourselves or in others around us.
Here comes my favorite part. I love miracles, the things that fall into the realm of the fantastic. I love the fact that Christ can stand up and command the elements to obey him. How cool is it that Christ can also save me from the difficulties in my life? Christ knew the disciples’ circumstances; he knows–and can change–my circumstances. And if he chooses not to, he has a reason. But the lesson here is to have faith in Christ regardless of our present circumstances.
In these uncertain times, life is difficult for many people. Here are a couple of scriptures that I find very comforting:
“…I know whom I have believed, and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” (1 Timothy 1:12b, KJV)
“The Lord is my light, and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of who shall I be afraid?…For in the time of trouble he shall hide me, he shall set me up upon a rock.” (Psalm 27:1, 5)
Thank you, Lord, for watching over us, for knowing–and guiding–the circumstances in our lives.