Let me ask, do you have difficult days? Do you experience financial burdens? Are you, or a loved one facing health issues? Is your marriage strained, or even failing?
Most of us deal with troubles/trials to some degree every day. Then, there are some days worse than others. I know many of you reading this today are facing heart breaking issues in your life. Let me share four verses from Luke’s gospel, that gives instruction on how to handle storms, and even increase your faith!
22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
— Luke 8:22-25
Now, most everyone familiar with this passage, understands that Jesus performed a miracle, and calmed this storm. But one thing that often gets overlooked, is that the storm did not wake Jesus. Can you imagine how bad the situation was? Scripture says they were in jeopardy. Matthew and Mark’s accounts tell us the waves beat the ship until it began to fill with water… and yet it didn’t even wake Jesus. It was when man cried out to Him!
Even though the storm was raging, Jesus peacefully waited and slept. It was only when His disciples called on Him, that He awoke, and calmed the storm. Wow, do you realize how important you are to Him? Even in all the noise, the water on the boat, the movement and fear, when the disciples called their master, he heard their plea and got up!
So… have you called on Jesus today? I don’t mean, “have you complained?” But, have you in faith asked Him to meet a specific need? And, is the reason you ask Him, because you already know he will answer? We need to call on Him for deliverance, not just cry out “Lord, I’m dying here… I can’t take anymore.” The disciples said “we perish,” and Jesus’ response was “Where is your faith?”
Please be encouraged today, call on Jesus to calm your storm! All you need is faith. You don’t need a perfect past, a large bank account, or perfect attendance at church. All you need to do is believe He is Who He says He is! When you speak to Him, He will speak to the wind and waves in your life.
There is nothing beyond the control of our Savior, Jesus Christ. If He can simply speak to nature and it obeys instantly, how can we fear He can’t heal our situation? Trust Him today! He can calm your storm if you will place your faith in Him.
Rev. Cathleen N. Cathcart is the pastor of New Life Worship Center in Spartanburg. This the sermon she delivered this past Sunday.