The story of the storm on the Sea of Galilee is one of the most recognizable stories in the New Testament. One can only imagine the storms that may have happened on this sea and here we read of a particularly harrowing one. The storm was dangerous enough that the disciples were scared they were going to drown.
I find this fascinating. They had Jesus with them! Yet they were scared and did not have faith that Jesus would be there for them. For the past few months I have been challenged with that exact same question; ‘Where is your faith?’. I will find myself in an unfamiliar place and situation and am gripped with fear and uncertainty, instead of realizing that I have a God who can actually calm the seas and move mountains.
Why is it so hard to be faithful and to trust and obey? We are reminded in Scriptures of our lack of faith, "Why are you afraid; O men of little faith?" (Matthew 8:26). "Why are you afraid; have you no faith?" (Mark 4:40). "Where is your faith?" (Luke 8:25).
Yet Scripture is full of passages that teach us just the opposite.
A month ago we set out to a very foreign land as a family of three and came home as a family of four. During those weeks away I had so many moments of asking, ‘where is my faith?’. We had a few of our own storms in a land that was far from things that were familiar and with a little one that was so unknown to us. I spent days worrying, being anxious and nervous. I had fear. I did not believe that some things were going to happen as we had anticipated.
Yet, God was faithful in the last hour.
Even if it seems like He is not, Jesus is always there. Sometimes He may wait until the last hour so that we can sense how great our need really is. We see this in the boat before the disciples called on Him. Jesus was there with them, allowing the storm to happen, going through the storm together. Jesus promises us in Scripture that He will never desert us, nor will He ever forsake us, and no trial can separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We have no excuse to lack faith and not to trust in our God. Jesus will never leave or forsake us, we can trust Him in the storms of life. Jesus never left His disciples, He was with them in the boat and He is with us in our ‘boat’. We just need to listen, be obedient, and have faith that He will provide what we need.
Let’s live our lives bravely as we realize and believe that we have a God who can actually calm the seas and move mountains.
Lenten Reader 2018
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