Don’t Get Tossed By The Storm

Storms are a part of life.  In nature, we experience storms of various kinds:  thunderstorms, snow storms, hail storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, etc.  Depending on the fierceness of the storm, we can weather it without much effect or it could be devastating.  One day Jesus set out in a boat with His disciples and said “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.”  He promptly fell asleep in the boat.  The Bible tells us a fierce storm rose up. If you have ever been on a boat in even just rough water, you know how it rocks and tosses the boat around.  It would be very difficult to sleep through.  But this was a fierce enough storm that the waves raged against the boat and it was filling with water.  The men with Jesus were naturally very afraid and they woke Jesus up and said to Him, “Master, Master, we’re going to  drown!”  So He spoke to the storm “Be still!” and it did!  When Jesus entered the boat He didn’t say “Let’s hope we make it to the other side” or “Let’s get in this boat and hope we don’t drown today”.  Whatever Jesus said is what happened!  Or in other words, He spoke out what He wanted to happen.  He told the storm to stop and it did.  He said they were going to the other side of the lake and they did and no storm would stop them.  Even if He didn’t command the storm to stop, they still would have made it to the other side because He said they would.  Life also brings storms of a different kind as in personal crises such as loss of a job, death of a loved one, betrayal of a trusted friend or relative, financial collapse, etc.  How we weather these storms can vary as well.  But one thing that can ensure a better outcome is the presence of God in our lives.  He will see you through any storm. Don’t set sail without Jesus in your boat!

Luke 8:22-25 (NLT)
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out.  23 As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. 24 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. The storm stopped and all was calm!  25 Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”