LUKE 8:24-25: “And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” (NKJV)
OBSERVATION: Where is my faith? This is a question I need to ask myself. It is the question that Jesus asked His disciples as their boat was tossed to and fro by the wind and as the waves were filling up their small ship with water. Didn’t Jesus care? Where was the compassion that Jesus showed so often to those in need? Here, His own disciples, struggling for their life, came to Him for help and His response was – “Where is your faith?” I don’t know about you, but part of me is challenged by this, and part of me is completely confused!
We all know the end of the story. Jesus calms the winds and wave and everything is ok. When that happens, it is easy to have faith. However, the difficulty comes in having faith during the storm. What is the key to walking in faith during the midst of the storms of life? The key is the Word of God in our lives, and the call/promise of God upon our lives. Jesus was not asking the disciples to simply have faith in faith alone. Jesus was asking His disciples to have faith in His Word to them.
- “Now it happened, on a certain day, that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And they launched out.” (Luke 8:22 NKJV)
The disciples were not on some meaningless journey. They had launched out at the request of Jesus. He had spoken to them and said – “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” That was both His Word to them, and His Promise. They were called to go to the other side, and they were promised they would reach the other side. Jesus was so confident in this that He laid down and fell asleep – even through the storm!
Whenever we receive the Word of God, and a promise from God, we will be challenged! Look at the parable of the sower and you will see this important truth. There was only one seed that produced good fruit. All the other seeds were either stolen, withered by the heat, or choked by the weeds! Only one seed held on to the promise and persevered through the storm and opposition that arose against it. When God speaks to us, when He call us, when He breaths a promise into our hearts – He will fulfill it! Faith’s response is to “bail and praise”! The disciples response was to “bail and cry”.
The difference is faith!
Faith sees beyond the storm to the fulfillment of the promise. If Jesus said it, He will do it! When Jesus said we are going to the other side, no storm, no wave, and no fear could hinder the fulfillment of this promise. This is why Jesus asked them – “Where is your faith”? They had forgotten the Word of God. They had let go of His Promise. They had stopped praising, and had begun to fear. When this happens we are in jeopardy of shipwreck in our faith. We need to hold on to the Word and the Promise tightly. If God said it – He will do it! As we sing in one of our worship songs on Sunday –
“So bring on the wind, bring on the waves – our God is stronger!”
Lord, forgive me for the times I have “bailed and cried” – rather than “bailed and praised”! Grant me the grace this morning to take Your Word and Your Promise and persevere until I see its’ fulfillment, until I reach its’ destination! Let me be like Abraham who – “…did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” (Romans 4:20-22 NKJV)
In Jesus Name!