Storm In A Teacup
Lord God, I come humbly now to listen carefully as You speak to me from Your Holy Word.
Read Luke 8:22-25
 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.” Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
ReflectWhy did Jesus rebuke his disciples?
The crew thought they were off on a boat trip on a landlocked lake (22). Jesus seemingly took his eye off the ball and went to sleep, when a strong gust of wind blew down the valley into the lake and created a squall. I wonder who it was the disciples woke up—the leader, or the miracle maker? Did they know Jesus could perform a miracle? I don’t think so. Were they, in fact, so lacking in confidence or so afraid that they just hoped he would have a plan B? Or be a strong leader as the boat sank?
It seems that Jesus’ command of the weather was a new thing to them. Look at v. 25. Despite their fear and amazement, instead of asking, “What happened there?” the question was, “Who is this?”
How often do we get caught up in detailed questions in our storms, or hectic lives, when the bigger question is, “Who are we trusting?” As we learn to give ourselves completely to this Jesus whom we claim to follow, let’s pray that next time we’re involved in a stormy situation we’ll be confident to answer the question, “Who is this?”
Who do you believe Jesus is? Do you have the faith to trust him the next time you are in one of life’s “storms”?
Lord Jesus, I know who You are and I know that I can trust You in all situations. Help me never to forget that.
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