FRIDAY, MAY 3
SCRIPTURE: Luke 8:22-25
By: Josh Boles
Today we are going to look at the few verses in Chapter 8 where Jesus calms the storm. A lot of times it takes time, and effort to figure out the meaning of a certain text. Today is an example of just the opposite in my opinion. I believe that the message of this story is screaming at us, yet it is something that we each struggle with on a regular basis.
Jesus and His disciples are on a boat in the middle of the sea of Galilee. The sea of Galilee is actually a lake, but is a very large one. Nearly 8 miles wide and 12 miles long. Living in Oklahoma we have probably all been on, or near a lake during a storm. Although these storms can sometimes cause the waves to rock a boat back and forth, very rarely are they anything like the ocean storms we see on tv or read about in the news.
This is typically true for a smaller body of water. The storms are not violent enough to do serious damage, but here we have a different story. The sea of Galilee sits 700 feet below sea level, and the location makes it very susceptible to sudden, and violent storms. When the cold winds that come over the eastern mountains meet the warm air over the sea, it creates a catastrophic event, much like a tornado here.
This explanation helps us to see things from the disciples eyes a little bit. Jesus was sleeping through this storms, and the disciples were doing everything they could do to save their lives, and the boat. We even read in verse 23 that they were in danger. This was a very real, and very dangerous situation. In this moment, the disciples realized that they were helpless.
In their helplessness they woke Jesus, and He rebuked both the disciples and the storm. We see this in 24 and 25. Jesus calmed the raging storm and then asked the disciples, “where is your faith?” In this moment they had an epiphany, and began to understand Jesus’ power. Pay attention to the question they ask at the end of 25, “who then is this, that he commanded even winds and water, and they obey him?”
The disciples had to learn a valuable lesson in this situation, but they had to learn it the hard way as we often do. Those hard lessons learned are often due to a lack of faith, and this was certainly true for the disciples here. They started off ok in realizing they were helpless. We have to realize that in any situation, or any trial. We are completely helpless. It is when we show no faith, and take matters into our own hands that things begin to fall apart.
The disciples failed to realize that although they are helpless, Jesus was not. It is revealed to us in verse 25 that even nature is subject to obey the Lord. We see even in the surrounding verses in Luke 8 that Jesus is Lord over nature, demons, disease, and death. This certainly means that he has authority, and is sovereign over us. This means that there is not a situation any of us could face that Jesus is not authoritative over.
I don’t know who all is reading this today, but maybe you need to stop for a minute and let this truth settle over you for a minute, I know I need to. God knows you. He knows every situation you are in, and has a plan for His glory through it all. We need to realize that yes, we are helpless, but we place our trust in somebody who is Lord over all situations across all time, and space. This is a never changing truth.
If you are in one of these “storms” now, place your full trust in him. If you are not, you probably will at some point experience a storm in your life. Trust in the one who is sufficient to rule and reign over, and in your life.