Jesus Calms the Storm
Read: Luke 8:22 – 25
Going about the masters business
It is interesting how the storm caught the disciples while they were going about their masters business. I say interesting because sometimes we imagine that when we are doing God’s work, or living for Him, that we will not face any trial. The disciples must have wondered, “Didn’t Jesus say we go this way?, Why then this storm?”.
Silent in the storm
To make matters worse, Jesus seemed silent at this time of great trial. Jesus was asleep during the storm. Sometimes God seems silent or not available for you during your storms. But don’t let this seeming silence fool you into believing that God has somehow left you or abandoned you. He is still with you in your boat, you can call on His name! And this is what the disciples did. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” (vs. 24). At least the disciples knew where to turn when their boat was rocked. But look at what they said to Him, “we’re going to drown” (vs.24)
The right focus
Why were they so negative? Wouldn’t they rather have said “Help us”? It appears to me they thought very highly of the storm. Did they think as highly of Jesus? What preoccupies your mind? Is it the troubles of this life or the majesty of Jesus? But look at what Jesus did, He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm (vs.24). In an instant, the disciples focus was removed from the storm to Jesus in awe. “In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” (vs 25). This is a lesson for us. Rather than be shocked by the power of the storm, turn your gaze to Jesus and be shocked by His power over any storm. Choose to focus on Christ and not the storm. Sometimes trials are meant to increase our faith. It may be a tool in God’s hands to enable us to see His majesty and so in the end leave us at a much better place in terms of our devotion to God.
Storms increase our devotion
You see the disciples had seen Jesus doing miraculous things in the past, including even raising the dead. But it is one thing to know something or to see something and it’s another to experience for yourself. The disciples had watched like spectators the Lord exercising His power in helping those who were desperate and needy. They themselves hadn’t been desperate enough to experience the Lord’s power for their own need and situation. But the Lord had prepared such a time for them. The Lord wanted them to experience Him just like the rest had. The Lord wanted them to know through experience that He was truly a deliverer. God’s servants and followers too like all other people need to have an encounter with Jesus. It is easy for us not to be awed by Christ because we are His disciples, but sometimes we need ministry too. The Lord here ministered to his disciples and they worshiped Him in the end all the more.
Are you going through a difficult time? Has your boat been rocked? Run to Jesus, take your focus away from the storm and fix your eyes on Jesus who is Lord over the storm and watch with amazement as He brings peace and comfort in the end!