Luke 8:22-25 “One day Jesus said to His disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, He fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke Him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. "Where is your faith?" He asked His disciples.”
Jesus’ disciples were experiencing a storm that threatened their lives. Despite the severity of the storm Jesus slept while the disciples panicked. Jesus had peace while fear gripped the disciples’ hearts. We live amidst a steady stream of storms. How do you traverse the storms of your life? Do you call upon God; listen to the Holy Spirit’s leading; step out in faith; or be still as Moses did in Exodus 14:13-14: ‘Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."’
Following and trusting God requires faith. Throughout life we have inadvertently trained ourselves to respond in many ways that are contrary to God’s ways - getting mad, worrying, attacking, blaming, melting down-down, being depressed, angry, and bitter before ever considering God’s way. Jesus asked, “where is your faith?” He asked this to challenge their belief in God. Our faith grows over time as we use our spiritual disciplines - prayer, reading the Word, Scripture memory, and journaling applications from the Word and prayer. Living in these disciplines results in faith building experiences with God, a growing walk with God, miracles, answered prayer, greater intimacy with Christ, and most of all peace. Faith flourishes as you continually engage the living Christ in your spiritual disciplines!
The root deficiency of faith for most people is failing to pursue Christ as described in Luke 6:21, “Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.” Developing an unquenchable hunger and thirst for God and His righteousness makes it easy for God to traverse troubled waters with you. Just as a hungry person feels hunger pains, so one who lacks vibrant spiritual disciplines in their walk with Christ, will reflect the world. Passionately hungering for and pursuing Christ will take you into an intimate, passionate relationship with Christ that equips you to not respond with the man’s ways, but in the righteousness of Matthew 5:10, “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Following Jesus’ way of having faith results in satisfaction (Luke 6:21) and the kingdom of heaven in you (Matthew 5:10). Allow God to deeply penetrate your heart, rather than allowing your world to be turned upside down by every circumstance of life. Let others see Jesus flowing out of the troubles of life instead of your flesh. The storms of life are Jesus’ greatest opportunity to be seen by the world.
Ephesians 4:14-16 “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.”
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