Monday, September 22, 2008

Luke 8:22-25

Jesus Calms the Storm

22One 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. 23As 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.

24The 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."

It might be easy for us to be hard on the disciples. They had been around Jesus, and seen His miracles and heard Him speak. Yet here they get freaked out and are upset because Jesus is asleep and they think they're going to drown. We might wonder how they could worry the way they did with Jesus there. And Jesus says to them, "Where is your faith?"

But we really aren't any different. We know what Jesus has done for us, we know His promises to always be with us. Yet sometimes we doubt. Sometimes we feel like He's asleep on the job while we're drowning in whatever crisis or difficulty we're facing. And perhaps Jesus says to us too, "Where is your faith?" I have been convicted of this lately. I have been dealing with a lot the last several months with my dad's health issue, figuring out what's best for him, and deciding to move him down closer to me. And at times I have questioned how things were going to work out because I was overwhelmed and stressed.

BUT even in our times of doubt (perhaps especially in our times of doubt), our faithful Savior is there. He helps us and loves us even though we are unworthy and doubting people. In my current situation, God has provided for everything to fall into place and for people to help me. And now I wonder why I doubted. I am so thankful for God's grace and for His faithfulness. I'm thankful for His forgiveness.

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