Applied Faith

Opening Prayer: 

As we enter into Your Presence, Father, please help us to make this time with You a time of reflection that helps us lead more confident lives.  It is so hard to live like victory is assured when defeat seems so possible.  Amen

 

Read: Luke 8:22-25, NIV

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

 

Reflect: 

This famous episode in the Gospels takes place on the Sea of Galilee.  It is the first of three situations where Jesus reveals His control over overwhelming forces.  He calms the storm, He casts out a legion of demons, and He brings a little girl back to life.  These powerful demonstrations present Jesus as much more than a teacher.  They clearly reveal His divine nature.

These events occur after Jesus has told the parable of the sower earlier in this same chapter. In this parable Jesus compares good seed that falls on good soil that then takes root and produces far more than was sown, to people with noble and good hearts who hear the word, retain it and persevere to produce a plentiful harvest. 

This episode on the Sea of Galilee can be looked at as lesson application time for Jesus’ disciples.  They know that Jesus is the Son of God and has all power.  They also know that He has a mission to complete.  When the storm comes up they focus on the storm and not on their true situation.  They think they are a few men sailing in a little boat in the midst of a big storm that is about to take all of their lives and cut short God’s mission on Earth.  They should have realized that Jesus sleeping through all the commotion was a hint.  When Jesus asked them where there faith was, their honest answer should have been, “Our faith was sleeping in the boat.”  In other words, they should have put their faith in Jesus.  If this was a test to see if they were the good soil having received God’s word, retained it and persevered in applying that word to their situation; they did not do so well on the test.

 

Apply: 

As we go about our lives as Christians, we need to keep in mind that we serve a Master who has control over the universe that He created.  When the storms of life come, and come they will, we must trust God in His ability to help us through any situation.  You notice I did not say get us out of any situation.  No, God will use our situations for His purposes, and it is for us to watch and even be surprised by His actions in our lives.  The disciples were surprised when the storm died down.  We need not expect any less.

 

Closing Prayer: 

Thank you, Father, that You are the God of the storm.  You are the Lord of the universe.  It is You who set the worlds in motion and formed us from the dust of the earth.  We thank You that One such as You should stoop down to know and love us.  Thank you, Jesus, that you emptied yourself into a little baby and came here to give us hope and life.  We pray that we can always find our hope in You and experience the treasure of Your abiding love.  Amen

 

Terry Schneider