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"One day He and His disciples got in a boat.’Let's cross the lake,' He said. And off they went. It was smooth sailing, and He fell asleep. A terrific storm came up suddenly on the lake. Water poured in, and they were about to capsize. They woke Jesus: 'Master, Master, we're going to drown!' Getting to His feet, He told the wind, 'Silence!' and waves, 'Quiet down!' They did it. The lake became smooth as glass.
"Then He said to His disciples, 'Why can't you trust me?' They were in absolute awe, staggered and stammering, 'Who is this, anyway? He calls out to the winds and sea, and they do what He tells them!'" Luke 8:22-25 (The Message).
So many interpretations to this story!
Some think that this was a demonically inspired storm sent to drown Jesus and His men because they were on a mission to set a demon-possessed man free. Perhaps! But why not a perfectly natural phenomenon that happened all the time because of the geography of the region? Could it be that this storm was regulated and perfectly timed by the Father to expose what was in the hearts of the disciples?
So many lessons in this story! The way we understand it depends on perspective.
From the disciples' perspective, they were in terrible danger. Jesus was asleep and out of the picture and, if He didn't wake up, they were finished. They screamed out in terror, not really believing that He could do anything, but needing Him to be aware of what was going on anyway. They were victims of the circumstances and they were powerless to change them. Fear drove out all their confidence in Jesus and paralysed their sane thinking. They had not yet learned to use the power of the Word to save the day.
Jesus, on the other hand, was perfectly at rest, fast asleep, storm or no storm! He had been given a commission to go to the other side of the lake. There was someone there who needed Him and the storm was no deterrent. No doubt He was acting in obedience to the Father. Whatever stood in His way would be brushed aside as of no consequence.
Unlike His disciples, Jesus was never controlled by circumstances. If circumstances were the controlling factor, His life would have been a roller coaster ride and who knows where it would have ended? He was in intimate contact with His Father and took His instructions from Him. Like Peter, when Jesus invited him to walk on the water, Jesus walked on the Word of God. His perspective was always the kingdom of God, God's rule, God's instructions and God's way.
Jesus also used circumstances to reveal His Father's power and glory. Whatever obstacles stood in the way of restoring wholeness in any situation, Jesus spoke, the obstacle was removed and those present caught another glimpse of the true nature of the Father.
The death of Lazarus, Jesus' friend, was one such incident. Jesus was not fazed when He received the news of Lazarus' illness. "When He heard this, Jesus said, 'This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it.'" John 11:4 (NIV).
God's Word is powerful, not matter from whose mouth it is spoken. The disciples eventually learned this lesson. The book of Acts is full of incidents where the power of the spoken Word of God changed situations for them. Disease, demons and even death fled when they spoke to them, just as Jesus had done when He was with them in the flesh.
How sad that so many of us believers don't really believe this. We rehearse our woes and even pray them to God instead of confidently speaking out what God has spoken. Jesus' rebuke is equally true of many of us, 'Why don't you trust me?' Jesus is Lord over all things, even wind and weather.
Speak to your storm! It must obey.
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