During the Storm - Part 1
THE ABSENCE OF TRUST Page
** Why should they have remained calm in this very chaotic situation?
They had just seen a leper cleansed, a paralyzed servant healed and
Peter's mother-in-law be cured from her fever. In addition to that they
had been through the greatest Sermon ever preached that left the multitudes
amazed at His teaching, because "He was teaching them as one having
authority, and not as their scribes." cf. Matthew 7:28-29
In verse 18 of this chapter, Jesus gave them orders to get into those
same boats and depart for the other side of the Sea of Galilee. By now
they should have been ready for anything; knowing that Jesus Christ,
who performed these miracles, would be with them!
** How real are your storms? What form do they take?
The storms of our life are very real and can have a devastating impact
on our life.
They include: Physical and emotional trauma from the loss of a loved
one, or even just a broken relationship. The threat of losing our job
or our housing. Grief over our sin or the sin of someone close to us.
Catastrophic illness to getting short changed at the grocery store.
Being cheated in a business deal or betrayed by a friend.
There is no end to the kinds of storms that may come our way as we walk
with the Lord.
** When these storms hit do you find yourself trusting or panicking,
do you remain at rest in the arms of Christ or do you go screaming off
in all directions at once?
V.26 ** Does Jesus respond to their lack of trust by saying, "Now,
now, you'll be alright fellas, I can take care of this storm for you"?
No! He rebukes them, even while the storm continues to rage! "Why
are you timid, you men of little faith?" Marks account says, "How
is it that you have no faith?" These guys became famous for not
trusting during the storm! Matthew 6:30, 8:26, 14:31, 16:8 and Luke
12:28 all record this regrettable trait.
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