How are you at handling uncertainty and unexpected circumstances? In Matthew 8:23-27 we read how the disciples of Jesus was caught in a huge unexpected storm while they were out in a ship. The storm was so intense they lost control of the boat they were in, and it looked as if they were going to drown. Life is like that sometimes, everything looks as if it is going to be a beautiful sunny day but out of nowhere comes this huge storm and strong winds threatening to sink our little boat in the waves of cancer, debt, fear, loneliness, accidents or whatever it might you are facing right now.
How do you handle it when things like this happen to you?
When this happened the disciples of Jesus had walked with Him for some time; they had seen at first hand how He performed miracles and did great and mighty things. He was with them in the boat that day, but He was so tired He was sleeping. How would you handle the storms of life if you had Jesus with you in the boat? Even though they had seen Him do all these things, and He was with them in the boat, they still got so scared they thought they were going to die.
How often have you been in a storm where you have wished you could run over to Jesus and ask for His help?
What did Jesus do when Peter woke Him?
The Bible says He calmed the storm but then He did something interesting, He rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith. (Luke 8:25) He did not tell Peter it was ok to be scared; He did not thank Him for waking Him so He could calm the storm. He calmed the storm, but then He rebuked them for not having faith. This is in your Bible, but this is not something we normally hear being preached from the pulpit.
We like to focus on the part where He calms the storm but we ignore the part where He rebukes the disciples for their lack of faith. To understand what is happening in Matthew 8:23-27 and to understand how we are to overcome our storms of life, we have to learn why He rebukes them for their lack of faith.
When the Bible speaks about faith, it always expects faith to be seen in how we live our lives. (James 2:10-26) If faith is not evident by how we choose to live our lives, our faith is dead and can not save us. The reason why He rebuked them was their fear; their fear showed they had no faith.
The Bible says in Deut 28:1-13, Ex 19:5 if we obey the Torah (the written law of Moses), Yehovah (God) promises to protect us, provide for us, meet our needs. If we believe this it has to show itself in how we live our lives by us making the decision never to worry about anything, no matter what happens to us (Matthew 6:25-34). If the disciples believed this to be true, they would not have reacted in fear. (Mark 11:23)
If the disciples believed what the Bible says in Deut 28:-13, Ex 19:5, they would not have been scared when the storm threatened to sink their ship. If you believe what the Bible says, you will not be scared when the storms of life threaten to sink your ship.
How should they have responded instead?
Instead of responding in fear they should have responded with thanksgiving and worship praising Yehovah for protecting them in the storm and taking them through it (Psalm 23, Mark 11:24). This would have shown their faith in Yehovah’s promises, and Yehovah always answers prayer (Mark 11:23)
What should you do when you find yourself caught in the storms of life?
Thank and praise Yehovah for protecting you and meeting your needs in the storm. Then you will show your faith in His promises, and He will respond. How? We dont know, but we know He will not give you any reason to worry or fear for He will show up and show off in your life if you take the first step of faith and show Him that you believe He is able and willing to help. (Mark 11:23)
How are you at handling unexpected circumstances?
Choose to respond in faith by saying no to fear and start believing He has already delivered you. (Mark 11:23)