Following in Storms


The cost of following is high. The challenges, troubles, and storms will come up fast. Here’s the thing: Jesus has authority over all of it. When we raise the alarm with God like we are going to die in our trials, we show him that we don’t even trust him. Little faith.

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Matthew 8:23-27

Then… They got into the boat right after Jesus told would-be followers that the cost of following him is high. Jesus had no place to lay his head. He made personal sacrifices in his own family relationships. We may have to do the same. The bar is high in terms of following Jesus.

Then he got into the boat. His disciples followed him. They counted the cost and they were still willing to follow. They were all in. And then the storm came up. The waves were sweeping over the boat.

Now, remember that several of the disciples were fishermen. When the fishermen are afraid of a storm, it’s a storm. “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” They thought they were goners. After following Jesus, a vicious storm comes up.

Just like Jesus said. The cost of following is high.

Here’s the thing: Jesus has authority over the winds and the waves. He challenged his followers for having little faith. Don’t they know the power of Jesus? They should… They are his followers.

How often do we raise the alarm with God in a way that shows that we don’t even trust him? We don’t even remember that he is the one who commands the winds and waves of our situations. Oh me of little faith.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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