Following Jesus into the Storm

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Matthew 8

23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

 

Here is an account in Jesus’ life that we are all familiar with.  It might be one the more amazing examples of the full deity of Christ in that a raging storm obeys His voice.  We should not be surprised that the Creator of heaven and earth has authority over a storm, just that no one had ever done this before.  Imagine with me for a moment the utter amazement of the disciples.  Some of them sailed daily in their trade and had faced storms before.  This storm was greater than any previous storm of their lives and they honestly thought the boat was going down.  “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

 

Christ’s waking words were a rebuke, not to the storm but to their lack of faith.  Jesus did not fear the storm, he made the weather.  Jesus knew what was going to happen next, where they were going, and that Satan was against him.  What did Jesus do in the midst of the great and fearful storm?  Yes, he was sleeping calmly in the bow of the boat unaffected by the storm and the fear of the men.

 

But I want you to notice the first phrase of verse 23.  Who got into the boat first?  Who was leading this journey?  The key point to us today is very simple, when we are following Jesus, not leading him, and when storms of life come, he is at peace and we can be at peace knowing that we are following his lead.  Are you at rest in a storm today or are you a wreck?  Are you at rest following the Savior or are you screaming at him above the storm just hoping he will hear you before you break apart and sink?

 

We have all been in this boat.  We have all feared the storm.  The unknown in the face of apparent loss puts fear in us all.  Make sure each day begins with following the Savior. Make sure each day ends following the Savior.  In every decision of life, follow the Savior.  If you don’t know what move God has for you, then don’t move.  If Jesus has led you into the boat then he will guide you through the storm.  Follow the Savior into the storm.

 

I am thankful today for a good Bible study last night.  We learned that when we increase in our understanding of God and his holiness and we increase in the knowledge of our own sin, the Cross grows larger in our view.  The opposite is also true.  It was a good lesson for each of us.

My son, Justin, is in Kenya teaching at a seminary there this week.  He started last night (our time) after a day and a half of travel without a bed.  He is teaching on the place of the church in the Scriptures, history and today. The men in the class, though pastors, have never had a class on the church.  Justin is excited to be there and to be teaching.  Pray also for Kaitlynn as she is home with the four boys in Justin’s absence.

I mentioned yesterday about the Illinois Family Institute meeting at our church this Thursday night.  For more info go to https://2mx1h817tiaq43gsho1fchch-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Jo-McGuire-invitation_combined-1.pdf and learn about the speaker and the topic, why we don’t need legalized marijuana. 

Have a great day in the Lord,
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