Storms

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. 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. 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. “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.”
– Luke 8:22-25

Thoughts:
Even though we follow Christ’s command, we should not expect to escape the storm. In this passage of Scripture, the disciples were obeying his command, yet they encountered the fiercest of storms and were in great danger of being drowned. In their distress, they cried out for Christ’s assistance.

Christ may delay coming to us during our times of distress, but it is simply so our faith may be tested and strengthened. His purpose is also that our prayers will be more powerful, our desire for deliverance will be greater, and when deliverance finally comes, we will appreciate it more fully.

Gently rebuking his disciples, Christ asked, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (Mark 4:40). In effect, he was saying, “Why didn’t you face the storm victoriously and shout to the raging winds and rolling waves, ‘You cannot harm us, for Christ, the mighty Savior, is on board’?”

Of course, it is much easier to trust God when the sun is shining than to trust him when the storm is raging around us. Yet we will never know our level of genuine faith until it is tested in a fierce storm, and that is why our Savior is on board.
If you are ever to “be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10), your strength will be born during a storm.

With Christ in my vessel,
I smile at the storm.

Christ said, “Let us go over to the other side” [Luke 8:22]—not “to the middle of the lake to be drowned.”
—Daniel Crawford


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