Jesus Calms the Storm

Uncle Oscar was apprehensive about his first airplane ride. His friends, eager to hear how it went, asked if he enjoyed the flight. “Well,” commented Uncle Oscar, “it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be, but I’ll tell you this. I never did put all my weight do … More

Trust

 

Jesus talks about a lamp and how a lamp is not supposed to be covered up or slid under a bed (vv. 16-18). Rather, it is to be put on a stand so that those who come in may see the light. The thrust of this quick story is found in verse 18: “Therefore, consider carefully how you hear (listen).” Understanding this background helps us put this passage in perspective (vv.. 19-21).

Can you imagine how Jesus’ mother and brothers felt when they heard what Jesus said? Jesus shocks them by the statement, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and do it (put it into practice).” Jesus wasn’t being mean; he was communicating a very important truth. One translation says, “Obedience is thicker than blood.” Just because they grew up with Jesus and were related by blood did not assure they were in proper relationship with him spiritually. Many people have embraced that kind of mentality. Some people are convinced that just because they’ve met certain church requirements or they have done what their preachers or parents said to do gives them good standing with God. But if we are not hearing God’s word and putting it into practice we are simply standing outside to see Jesus.

Faith must be tested before it can be trusted. Jesus demonstrates this truth to His disciples through a dangerous circumstance. While He was in a ship with His disciples on the Sea of Galilee, a terrific storm comes up. These experienced fisherman become so frightened that they awaken Jesus, who is sleeping, and beg Him to rescue them (vv. 22-25). Later Jesus rebukes them for having so little faith in Him. Faith and fear cannot dwell together in the same heart. If you are having a difficult time obeying God’s commands, you are actually having difficulty trusting Him. Trust comes through obedience, and obedience brings trust. The opposite of trust is worry and worry is practical atheism.

Application

 

Just as Jesus calmed the waves, He can calm whatever storms I may face!

Luke 8:16-25 (English Standard Version)

"No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light. Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away." Then his mother and his brothers came to him, but they could not reach him because of the crowd. And he was told, "Your mother and your brothers are standing outside, desiring to see you." But he answered them, "My mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it." One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, "Let us go across to the other side of the lake." So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we are perishing!" And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, "Where is your faith?" And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, "Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?"

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