I’ve shared a lot about the storms I personally experienced during 2016 and the challenges I dealt with. When I was in Israel, a friend of mine was assigned to discuss the scripture where Jesus calms the storm and it is something I really want to share.
“As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.” – Luke 8:23
Have you ever felt like God wasn’t there during your storm? Maybe you felt like He was taking a nap during some of you most difficult times. Jesus is sleeping through this fierce storm and the boat is filling with water. The disciples were undoubtedly terrified that they would drown. They ran down and woke Jesus up. Maybe you can relate to this. I never felt like Jesus was sleeping but I surely wanted to know the timeline.
“When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, ‘Where is your faith?’” – Luke 8:24b-25
I expected Jesus to calm the storm but I didn’t expect Him to turn back to His disciples and question their faith but He does. Why? Jesus is a teacher. He shows His disciples that He can calm the storm but then He wants to know why they couldn’t. The point my friend made, which wowed me into silence was that Jesus brought them into the storm. He knew a storm was coming and suggested they go for a sail! He was testing them but He also wanted to be with them when it happened because He knew they weren’t ready to face it without His physical presence.
Storms happen for different reasons; some are a consequence of sinful living but others may occur because God is refining us. I used to take life for granted. I had some challenging times but never anything that shook me to my core like my mother’s stroke and my youngest brother’s suicide. Nothing really prepares you for those moments but I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was able to weather those storms because of my faith.
I know that God was preparing me for the challenges and gave me the foundation in 2015 to plant my roots deep into His Word and His love. I’m not sure what I would’ve been like without that foundation. The point is that storms are guaranteed. They will happen and we don’t have control over that. We do, however, have control over how we respond. We can be prepared through our daily habits of studying His Word and growing in faith, knowing that no matter how bad things seem they are temporary.
If you’re in a season of blessings, I suggest that you strengthen or develop your daily time with God because a season of trials will be coming. If you’re experiencing a season of trials, take heart and arm yourself with His Word. Let us know if we can pray for you. ❤