Luke 8:23-25 (NLT) As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”
There is a storm coming. A large hurricane brewing in the ocean far from us today but moving steadily closer each passing hour. The line at the gas station winding to the road. Generators sold out. Water scarce to find. Tempers flaring from unresolved fear and rising panic. It is a big one. The forecasters predict it may be the biggest in history. Our state has already declared an emergency and the National Guard on call at a moment’s notice. This is not the first storm to hit our state. In fact, another one made landfall just last month causing epic flooding in the great state of Texas. Storms are a part of life whether they are environmental or not. Challenging times create adverse conditions. What rises up in us during such times is essential to our growth and development in Jesus Christ! We must assess our spiritual supply while taking inventory of our resources on hand and mapping our evacuation route if necessary.
As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.
The disciples were in real danger. The storm on the lake was not proverbial but a fierce one. The vessel carrying them was filling with water. Jesus was napping beneath the bow. Jesus was asleep. The threats in our life are not always internal but often external. Life is a struggle most days not just some days. The boat was taking on water…fast. They were in danger of drowning. Jesus was onboard. The faith of the men was not.
The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”
Where is your faith…today? There is a hurricane headed for our state. People are scurrying here and there, grabbing supplies, hoarding gas, and boarding up houses. There is no shame or ignorance in preparing, but I wonder today…are we praying? Yes, a storm is coming. And another one right behind it…and dare I say… there will be more storms in life. Without faith, there is no confidence in the authority and power of Jesus Christ over our natural circumstances and current conditions. Without the impossible, there is no room for miracles. Growth and maturity in Christ occurs when the situation seems impossible. The outcome uncertain when left to human intervention. If we do not seek the face of God during our preparation, fear will surely take over. The faith possessed will be drowned in doubt. The enemy wants you to think God has forgotten you or is somehow punishing you because then grace is no longer the reality governing your life. Nothing could be further from the truth. God is with you. He is for you. He is making a way for you. You must trust Him and let hope be the anchor for your soul.
Hebrews 6:18-19 (NLT) So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.
God gave us a promise. With the rainbow comes the everlasting promise that He will never destroy the earth again. Storms in life wreak our comfort, convenience and control. They tend to bring to the surface what is hidden deep inside the human heart. Communities bond together. Our nation begins to pray with one heart, one mind and one purpose. It only lasts a little while but during that time it is beautiful. Suddenly all lives matter and humanity shows a glimpse of what heaven could be like if we set aside all the other pursuits of life to chase after God and His Love.
The hopeful confidence of every believer is born of faith. Faith obtained by believing not seeing. We are called to walk by faith and not by sight yet in these days before the storm is upon us what is the sound of the people, as of today it seems to be all men and women for themselves. Why do we wait on devastation to be human again? The anchor called hope is always available and much easier to establish before life’s storms than in the midst of them.
Proverbs 10:25 (NLT) When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation.
The godly have a lasting foundation. His Name is Jesus. He is onboard. He is in complete control of our life. All of it. God is good. He is good to us. He will never ever let us down. The Lord promises to work every detail of our life for our good and His Glory. (Romans 8:28) We just don’t trust Him. We do not believe Him. Our faith is limited by fear. Our hope is anchored to the life we built rather than the hope that we have. Are you afraid? Is panic setting in? What if you lose everything? Friend, you cannot lose everything. The Lord is with you. He will never let the righteous fall. Our preparation for the storm must include finding our faith, fastening our heart to hope as an anchor for our soul and trusting the Lord who has all power and authority over the environment and elements of our life.
Hebrews 12:12-13 (NLT) So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.
God is in control. Christ lives in you. Take a new grip. Strengthen weak knees. Get in your prayer closet. Let the Lord give you peace that passes understanding as you buckle down for the approaching storm. There is always a cloud or two on the horizon. We must live in a state of preparation. Our faith must be strong. Our hope must be confident. Storms will come and go for the rest of our life but we do not have to be tossed to and fro. The Lord is with us.
Psalm 107:28-32 (NLT) “Lord, help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation and before the leaders of the nation.
Given the reaction of people during times of great distress or disaster, could it be that it might be the greatest catalyst for revival? People come together as one. Color doesn’t seem to matter. Age is not a factor. Society comes together as one to care for each other. Love is demonstrated by the laying down of lives for one another. What if a storm or natural disaster is the very thing that will spark the fire of revival in your community? Why does it take such a thing?
What a blessing was that stillness as He brought them safely into harbor! Let them praise the Lord for His Great Love and for the wonderful things He has done for them! If you are preparing for the hurricane or any other storm in life, make sure that faith and trust is part of your disaster plan. Fear pushes us from the Lord but faith latches us to Him. To pray and seek the face of God allows Him to be our refuge. Hope is an anchor best secured prior to the wind and rain of uncertainty. Faith is in us. It must only be cultivated to grow, develop and mature into the righteous immovable oak that can withstand the power of wind and rain. God loves you! Christ lives in you! Praise Him for His Love. Declare Him mightier than any storm that rages. Give God your heart and let Him give you peace!
Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT) For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior.
He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”