It seems that many of us are encountering unusual circumstances. Everything
from relational tensions, challenges to hold on to what the Lord has promised, and
direction seems to be foggy at best.
This morning I felt the Lord speak to me and tell me that He has purposely allowed
these times to bring purification and wholeness to His Body. Only in these times
of testing are blind spots revealed, hidden motives and agendas exposed, and choices
are made to act or react to our circumstances.
Let's consider the story of the storm at sea from Luke 8:22-25.
FOLLOWING JESUS INTO A SCARY TIME
"Now it happened, on a certain day, that He
got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, 'Let us cross over to the
other side of the lake.' And they launched out."
The disciples were following Jesus, but failed to hear what the outcome of the journey
would be: to "cross over to the other side of the lake." Peter was with them, and
he was a fisherman by trade. He knew about water and compromising situations that
can arise on water. It could be likely that the other disciples felt pretty comfortable
with Peter being on board, and possibly in charge, while Jesus slept in the boat.
"But as they sailed, He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake,
and they were filling with water and were in jeopardy."
When the windstorm hit, it was not forgiving. It was most likely one of those storms
that came full force, taking everybody by surprise. Peter, the "fisherman," was
even shocked at its intensity. The disciples immediately began to bail water, and
in their own strength and energy try and gain control of the situation. It must
have gone on for a while or maybe just long enough for the lesson to be fully learned.
It was in that storm that Jesus wanted his friends
to remember His words above their circumstances. It was in that intense situation
that Jesus wanted to see them be strengthened in FAITH that pleases God. That storm
was part of the disciples training for future events...an unveiling of weakness,
doubt, unbelief, and realization of their own limitations in the flesh...when everything
was coming undone and the general thought was death. Possibly the conversations
under such extreme circumstances were, "our lives are over," "we have done the wrong
thing...we've made a mistake by getting in this boat," "we can't take it any longer,"
and then they woke Jesus.
COMING TO AN END OF OURSELVES
"And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, 'Master, Master, we are perishing!'
Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased,
and there was a calm."
It was at the "end of their rope" that Jesus was called. Now, Jesus was not unaware
of the storm. He was also a MAN, feeling everything men feel on the earth. But Jesus
was aware of a higher purpose, and He knew this kind of upheaval was necessary for
the ones He loved and were faithfully following Him. He knew that this kind of "storm"
would try their faith, their relationships with each other, would reveal the weaknesses
in their flesh, and would give them opportunities to choose between seen and unseen
things. It was NECESSARY for what they were going to find on the other side and
the rest of their lives.
"But He said to them, 'Where is your faith?' And they were afraid, and marveled,
saying to one another, 'Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water,
and they obey Him!'"
The first thing Jesus was concerned about, after He calmed their circumstances,
was FAITH. It was of GREAT importance to Jesus. It was the focal point of His training
for them. Faith overcomes fear and moves mountains and without it, it's impossible
to please God. Pleasing God is Jesus' whole life. Jesus is perfect love and that
LOVE casts out fear. FAITH is the substance of unseen things.
The disciples were completely undone. Their reply to one another was, "Who can this
be?" They had never seen Jesus like this. Until now, they didn't know that the winds
and water obey Him. Until now, they had limited His power and authority in their
minds. Until now, they didn't see what He was trying to accomplish in their lives.
What a wake-up call. It is Jesus' purpose to make us like Him. NO WAY!!! It was
too marvelous, too huge, too unthinkable, too humbling...at last, everything was
out in the open. Nothing was hidden. They must have felt like their heads were in
blenders. Nothing made sense. Weaknesses, fear, doubt, anger, earth-bound expectations...it
was all very visible right in front of them. Nowhere to hide. Any of us would have
felt ashamed at ourselves with that kind of rebuke. But Jesus knew the higher plan.
This lack of faith in Him and the disciples' faith in themselves had to be revealed
or the coming days for the disciples would have been severely hindered and the kind
of authority that followed would have never been given to them.
ON THE OTHER SIDE
The disciples had made it through the storm and not very well, but the lesson was
learned. After that time, we continue to read about a demoniac being delivered,
a dead girl raised, and then Jesus gave them power and authority over all demons
and to cure diseases. He sent them out, and as they went through the towns, sick
people were healed and the gospel was preached.
After a storm, strength is added to us. It is not
just words any more, but a deposit from heaven has been made in us. Now, from experience,
we can say that when we are weak, He is strong. We see a side of Jesus that had
been hidden until that storm came. All of our wonderful abilities are truly worthless,
and supernatural power comes through the testing of our faith.
God is fully planning to accomplish all of His plans and promises in our lives,
but we need to learn from our storms. In the coming days, as the Lord strengthens
our faith, let's remember His initial words which are, "Let us cross over to the
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