Who was in the boat that day? Who was it who faced death?
Their confident eyes radiated knowledge of the sea. Their muscles confidently tensed with the skills they had practiced over and over. They welcomed the hard work that came with being professional fishermen. They knew their craft. They were good at their craft. And, they knew the sea and its inherent dangers as good as anyone.
They knew that the land around this sea was prone to earthquakes. They knew that those frequent rumbles brought torturous waves. To be on the water during those times was to flirt with disaster.
These men knew the difference between worry and concern. They knew what they had control over. They knew how to steer the craft through the currents and the coastlines. They knew how to use the net to catch the shoals of fish. and, when torturous storms came, they knew what they could control and what they could not.
When the storm unexpectedly hit them. These were the men that turned to the sleeping man and said that they were all going to perish.
There are more then a few who have found themselves deeply immersed in this situation. Like swimming in quicksand, they found themselves at a place beyond their control. And, as good as they were, it was beyond their capabilities.
Think back. All of us have been there, tested to our limits. Then, when we can clearly see the edge of what we can do, that’s where we can see someone else at work.
“Where is your faith?”
Luke 8:22-25 “One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side of the lake.’ So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’ And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, ‘Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?’ ”
From the ESV notes. “Although rebuked for their lack of faith (Luke 8:25), the disciples were aware that, whereas they were helpless in the storm, Jesus was not, so they went to him. Jesus rebuked the wind and waves, revealing that he has authority over nature, just as the Lord God does. (Ps. 107:29). ”
The disciples faith greatly increased that day, just as Jonah’s did while he lived inside the belly of a fish for three days and nights before getting spit back out.
Where is your faith?
Take the time to discover God’s promises.
Take the time to increase your trust and hope one step at a time.
Then, watch your faith increase.