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Luke 8

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.” Luke 8:24

Over the years, I have had many friends travel to Israel (Holy Land) and almost all have taken a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. One couple told me that as they were crossing, initially on calm waters, high winds came in off of the surrounding mountains and instantly began to violently churn the sea. They were amazed to see this occur in real time. They expressed, “it was like watching the Bible come to life right before their eyes!”

In today’s reading we see the disciples are overwhelmed with fear due to an unforeseen storm. This must have been quite a powerful storm to rattle these experienced lifelong fishermen. Let me share a few facts and some spiritual truths…

Jesus invited them to go across to the other side of the lake. (vs. 22) Jesus knew their destination and asked them to come along. He will never ask you to “go” somewhere without accompanying you on the journey.

Jesus fell asleep. (vs. 23a) Jesus was not fazed by the storm. He knew it was coming. Even when Jesus invited them, He knew the storm would come.

…and they were filling with water and were in danger. And then they went and woke Him. (vs. 23b-24) Notice, they didn’t go to him for help at first sign of danger. It was only after they feared for their lives. Why is it, more times than not, we wait until we have exhausted all of our strength and resources before we go to the Master of everything?

He awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. (vs.24b) Jesus was not startled or caught off guard. He did not hesitate and knew exactly what to do. He was and is always in control.  

He said to them, “Where is your faith?” (vs.25) I believe the same can be asked of us in frightening times. The Lord may knowingly allow overwhelming situations in our lives to strengthen our faith, to teach us to come to Him when we are in need.

Here is the Lesson Learned: God knows the plans that He has for you. (Jer. 29:11) God will never ask you to go somewhere and do something for Him that He will not be a part of. You can guarantee that unexpected trials, hard times, and crisis will come, but we have the Master of all Creation as our companion and “battle buddy”. At first sign of trouble, call on Jesus who commands and calms the storms. Never forget, even the winds and waves obey our Commander’s voice.