Short Faith

Does your faith come up short?  Is it barely standing, even with the “kick-stands” on? 

Every time the wind blows a trial your way, your faith starts to bend under the impact. You can’t roll forward because your faith is too busy wobbling from side to side.  Well, you are not the first.  The bible helps to show us that the “faith wobble” was present even during Jesus’ earthly ministry. 

In Matthew chapter 8:  23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

Following their Lord into a Storm 

First of all, the disciples followed Jesus. That’s what we are all supposed to do, right?  And yet, in the safety of their Master and Savior, they met a fierce storm.  I researched some information about the Sea of Galilee.

“The sea’s location makes it subject to sudden and violent storms as the wind comes over the eastern mountains and drops suddenly onto the sea. Storms are especially likely when an east wind blows cool air over the warm air that covers the sea. The cold air (being heavier) drops as the warm air rises. This sudden change can produce surprisingly furious storms in a short time, as it did in Jesus’ day,”  (That The World May Know with Ray Vander Laan https://www.thattheworldmayknow.com/sea-of-galilee-geography). 

Some of the disciples were fishermen by trade. They were well acquainted with storms. So, this one must have been a real mean one! The disciples were in a panic, but let’s commend them for knowing who to run to. Jesus was able to sleep, even in a storm, because he was in the middle of God’s will in everything. Jesus knew his time had not yet come to die. 

So, Jesus arose. And the first thing He did was rebuke the disciples; then he rebuked the storm. The heart of men is more difficult to rule than nature. When Jesus calmed the storm, “it was completely calm”. I love how our Lord does things so completely. He completely heals, completely satisfies hunger, completely restores and completely redeems! 

Where to go for help 

The disciples ran to Jesus for help, and when He did help, they were amazed. What would your reaction have been if you went from thinking you were going to drown at sea to sweet sailing? God is all-powerful and sovereign! Let us continue to walk with Him closely so that we may know him better and see him more clearly. It is the Word of God that is the nutrition our faith needs in order to grow healthy and strong. 

Prayer

Father, help me to trust in your hand; both in what you allow and the strength you provide. Help me to be reminded by Your Word that you are a promise keeper. You promised that you will always be with me and that I should not be anxious and afraid because of my circumstances. I love you because you first loved me. Thank you for your perfect plans for my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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