What To Do As The Storm Clouds Rise

       Luke records a time when the disciples and Jesus were making their way across a lake in 8:22-25. At some point a "windstorm" come up and the boat was "filling with water" and they recognized that they "were in danger." (8:23) What did the disciples do? They woke up Jesus. When Jesus woke up He "rebuked the wind and the raging waves"; "there was a calm." (8:24)

    What Jesus said next is heart gripping. Jesus asked them, "Where is your faith?" These are men who had witnessed Christ heal a centurion's servant, raise a widow's son, restore a withered man's hand, heal a paralytic, cleanse a leper and do many other things before this "windstorm" come up. There is a "windstorm" approaching our home on the east coast, what do we do?

1. Call on Jesus.
    Prayer should be every Christians first reaction to such an event that we face in the coming days. Why? Jesus has all authority. Even has authority over the "windstorm". The disciples had recognized Christ's authority over sickness, disease and demons, but now they are witnessing Jesus's authority over the weather.

     Their response say's it all, "and they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, 'who is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?" (8:25) They had not yet witnessed such power. Jesus has command over the "winds and water". Storms must obey Him. No storm can do more than what God allow's it to do.

2. Keep the faith.
   When Jesus asks the question "Where is your faith", what is He questioning? He is questioning their confidence and trust in God. Why is Jesus questioning their confidence in God? Their faith was wavering. Why was it wavering? Their lives "were in danger" (8:23) and they were fearful that they were "perishing" (8:24).

    Impending or real danger seems to weaken our faith often, not increase it. Especially when our lives are at stake. I would say that it is one of the biggest enemies to our faith. It weakens our confidence in the Father and prompts us to take situations into our own hands.

   I can't say my reaction would be any different from the disciples. Many times I have trusted in my own ability instead of trusting in God's. I have learned that trusting in my own ability solves nothing, while waiting, believing and trusting in the mighty power of God solves everything! It is hard to wait on God amidst impending peril, yet I am reminded that those who wait on God and trust in Him are blessed (Jer. 17:7). I am reminded of David's words in Ps. 4:1 "You have given me relief when I was in distress". God gives us relief when we call on His name from what stresses us! What a wonderful promise.

   Our faith is often weakened by what we see, what we hear and by what we know is reality. Just as many of us have been through hurricanes. We know the danger's. We know the reality of what can occur. I want to remind you that faith is not based on what we see but based on the hope we have in Christ. Don't let your faith be overcome by what you see and what you hear on the news report, resulting in forgetting in the One you do not see but know is real!

  It is difficult, I know, to have confidence in One we do not see, when what we do see is not looking well. But it is then our faith really counts. When it really matters. There is much that can be said regarding this, but I want to ask you the same question Jesus asked the disciples, "Where is your faith?" How confident are you of God while this storm approaches? Where is your faith when the storm clouds arrive? May the Lord help us to keep the faith.

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