Trusting in Him or Us?

And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” Luke 8:24-25

 Jesus and His disciples had just finished a long day of ministry.  Many people were healed and Jesus taught the people with amazing parables such as the parable of the sower and the mustard seed.  To get some time to rest and to minister to His disciples Jesus suggests that they get in their boat, leave the crowd and go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. 

While underway, with Jesus calmly sleeping in the hold of ship, a storm came out of nowhere.  The disciples were terrified and thought their boat would be capsized.  Some of these disciples grew up on this lake as fishermen and knew how to handle these boats in any weather condition.  The fact was that if they were scared and felt the boat was going to sink, they were truely in dire straights.  However, in this moment, the disciples had somehow forgotten that the Son of God calmly slept in the stern of the their boat.  By this time in His ministry, Jesus had performed many amazing miracles in the presence of his disciples.  They had witnessed him have mastery over the sickness, death and demons, yet when it came to the water and the weather their faith came up short.

Henry Blackaby writes…
“Since some of the disciples were fishermen, they trusted in their own expertise and wisdom rather than recognizing that only Jesus knew the truth of their situation. At times, our human knowledge in certain areas of life can blind us to our desperate need to hear a word from Truth.” 

Like the disciples we often have strong faith when it comes to some of the trials we face, but others can leave us terrified.  The disciples were expert sailors and fisherman.  They knew what a storm could do to a small boat.  When the fishing was bad they knew what conditions could be causing the fish to not bite.  They did not have much room for faith in those areas of their lives.  Perhaps you’re facing a storm right now and you’re scared, struggling with your faith.  Have you lost hope because you KNOW a lot about the nature of this trial and you KNOW how this is going to turn out?  Do you believe that God cannot work in this situation?

The amazing message in this story is that NOTHING is too hard for God.  If He can command the wind and the waves He can certainly heal our diseases, rescue us in our finances, provide us with that job, heal our families or whatever we’re struggling with right now.  Lay aside the conventional wisdom of this world and trust our Heavenly Father to carry you through.


About Mac DeBoer

Mac DeBoer is a graduate of Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering. He and his family are members of South Blendon Reformed Church in Hudsonville, MI. Mac is an active member and has served as a Consistory member, Youth Leader, Sunday School teacher and website administrator. He is a happily married father of three boys and enjoys bowhunting and other outdoor activities in Northern Michigan.
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