Luke 8:22-25 ~ 22 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, 23 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. 24 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. 25 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?”(ESV)
Has God ever told you to go and do something and immediately you obeyed? You heard the instruction and heard the result of what would happen if you obeyed? The disciples where in a place where they heard and obeyed. They got on the boat to get to the other side.
When they got on the boat it placed them in the middle of God’s will. The key thing to remember is that being in the middle of God’s will means that God is with you all the way. The Word says that as they sailed Jesus fell asleep. Let’s look at the word sail. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sail as; to move or proceed easily, gracefully, nonchalantly, or without resistance. This means everything was going smoothly. I can imagine the sky was clear, the weather was nice, and it just made for a perfect day to get in the boat and sail to the other side. It’s easy to obey when conditions are perfect. It’s when those conditions become not so perfect.
As they sailed a little further there arose a storm on the ocean that seemed to threaten their lives. As the wind began to rock the boat and the waters came crashing against them, causing the boat to be filled with water they began to panic. This is very symbolic of what was spiritually going on with the disciples as their faith was being tested. The disciples who were simply on a lake (a body of water surrounded by land) and being the expert fishermen they were, allowed fear to take over and fill them.
Everything they had come to know about Christ just flew out the window along with His Word and the teachings that should have prepared them for this test. Not to mention their expertise on boats as fishermen. Fear comes to cripple us and to make us believe in extreme and irrational lies. The Word of God is true and trumps everything that comes to overtake it. Remember the enemy’s job is to come to steal, kill, and destroy and it’s up to us to not allow him to win because we have authority over him. Fear is a spirit of that is given to us by God. He has given us according to 2 Timothy 1:7, power, love, and a sound mind. Fear comes to steal our power, kill our love, and to destroy our sound mind.
When we are in the middle of God’s will we are tested before we can make it to the other side. Before we can make it to our promise we are tried, humbled, and proven so that we can see what is in our hearts and whether we will obey (Deut. 8:2). It’s no reason Jesus told the parole of the sower. We at times have played all positions of the seeds. But at any position God is always with us and as the good teacher he is teachers us what we need to know before the test. He proves to us who He is and what He will do in us and for us as long as we obey. When say yes to God we are just starting on our path to God’s will for our life and the teacher is teaching. Are we soaking it up and not just for the knowledge but for the understanding and the wisdom of the teaching?
We have to get to a point where if we take the first steps in obeying God then we must trust God in the middle of the process. God always tells us the end of a thing while never showing us the middle or the process in which we must go through. If we just keep the end fixed in our mind having faith that as long as we stay in God’s will we will make it. Even when storms arise God has given us the ability to speak over it. God withholds no good thing for them who walk upright (Ps 84:11). Meaning that you are going to make it if you continue to obey. No, this doesn’t mean you are going to be perfect in your obeying but you should be perfect in having a made up mind to serve God. No matter what comes my way I will serve the Lord.
We never loss when we obey God. The disciples feared that they were going to loss their life. The only life we will ever loss serving God is the old life we once lived. Being in God’s will brings about a shedding of the old wine skins and allows the new to take hold of us that we may be filled with the new wine or the Holy Spirit. This means we will gain a new way of talking, a new way of seeing, a new way of walking, and a life filled with NOW faith. I can’t see the promise with my natural eyes but I believe it’s already mine and I walk like it, I talk like, and if I have to fight to keep my faith, I war in the spirit for it.
Jesus rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith. The trial was only to help strengthen them. What would have happen if they decided to stand on the Word and spoke to the storm themselves? The same thing that happened when Jesus spoke to it is what I believe. But, it showed them that they still had to learn how to trust the one who slept. Can you trust when God isn’t speaking and the storms of life are ragging? Will you take God at his Word and stand speaking that you are going to make it to the other side?
The moment you decided to give your life to the Lord was the moment you started on your path of God’s will for your life and there is nothing that can stop you now. God is with you and he is for you. Because if He wasn’t it would make him a liar. God doesn’t lie nor does he have to repent. He is faithful to perform that which he has spoken. Will you believe?