Are You Ready for Your Storm
In Matthew 8:23-24, we find the disciples out on a boat and stuck in a pretty nasty storm. They had spent the day watching Jesus perform miracles and now Jesus was resting in the boat.
“And when Christ entered the ship, the disciples followed Him. And behold, there was a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves, but He was asleep.”
The Disciples were with Jesus as He healed leprosy, sick people from afar and Peter's mother-in-law; and drove out demons. But it wasn't until they experienced the need to be saved that they fully understood Jesus' power. He allowed the storm and let the disciples become nervous so they could gain a better perspective of who Jesus was. They needed their own miracle to make it out of the storm alive. The rest of the scripture says that the disciples woke Jesus up, yelling “Lord, save us! We're going to drown!” Jesus woke up and answered “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” And He rebuked the wind and waves and everything was calm. The disciples asked “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!”
The disciples needed to be saved from their own storm to question “What kind of man is this?” I wonder why they didn't ask that question when they saw Jesus make a blind man see? When He healed Peter's mother-in-law? When He cast out demons? They needed to be in the midst of seeking their own peace in their own storm to realize who Jesus really was. Before their encounter with that storm, they had been witnesses to all kinds of miracles. But those miracles didn't affect them directly. Their faith was still small. And these were Jesus' disciples! His chosen men that got to be physically there with Him and see amazing things happen! There is comfort knowing that Jesus still delivered them from their storm despite their lack of faith.
The same can happen with us. We see others with answered prayers. We hear of miracles happening with someone's health. We see a financial burden lifted off our neighbor. And a lot of times our faith doesn't grow because we are bystanders to the miracle. But then our time comes when we need our own miracle and we wonder if Jesus will be there for us. And our faith can be small if we aren't spending time daily knowing Jesus and understanding His power. We need to know Jesus before our need for a miracle arises. That way, when our “storm” comes, we can know He is already there, He already knows what is happening, and He already has the right solution. Even if that solution doesn't make any earthly sense to us; we already know that God is good. Storms will come. That's just life here on this sinful earth. Big faith can be built before they come. Small faith gets nervous when they arrive. What can we be doing today to build our faith? Bible study. Prayer. Community with Believers. Build up your faith, bit by bit, and be ready for your storm.