I heard a sermon that seemed to be a summation of my life. It all started out with a familiar passage in Luke 8:22-25 It was ” One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s 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.”
You think you know a passage and then the pastor just puts a whole different, but truthful, spin on it. I think the most prevalent dangerous understanding of this scripture in believers is that God is there to help us through “the storms”………….the hard times in life. I know that even I slip into that mentality sometimes. The statement should be that the storms are here to help you know God better. They uncover your soul. They show you what is really there.
This passage reveals something clearly about the disciples. What was already in them came out in the storm. They had great fears and some of them didn’t even trust Jesus to get them through that storm. These are the disciples!! They walked and talked with Jesus and had his immediate wisdom!! Some questions you might ask yourself are:
Is there someone that brings the worst out of you?
What pet peeve makes you blow up?
How do others experience me in a “storm”?
Are you, were you ever really in control?
The simplest answer is still whatever comes out was already there. The storm just brought it out more clearly. Your storm might be, the family, the economy, repairs and maintenance, punctuality, etc. It will show you your need for God. Our Pastor said that it can be likened to a career achievement. In other words, what you’ve become.
I have deep fears that I will and am disappointing God all the time. The truth of it is that I am. It is much harder to live for Him and die to self each day than it is to go through a momentary storm with someone else. The encouragement in the passage in Luke is that Jesus calmed the storm so that they could heal and know that He was with them. There is a storm coming one day that you won’t be able to survive, but God says, “I will be with you.”