Rest in the Storm

IMG_2512One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!” 

 Luke 8:22-25

How often is it when we step in the direction we feel to be God and a storm immediately follows? More often than not it seems. But are these storms unavoidable or are they self-made? In either case, the storms have a tendency to wash away our expectation of what we thought the journey would be. We start off and see the possibility of a storm in the distance, but Jesus is still in the boat so we’re not concerned. Then the waves begin to lap over the edge some as Jesus lays down to sleep. “Uh Jesus…?” we say, but He starts to doze off. At this point begin to get concerned. My bank account says this, my work has layoffs coming, or this relationship is harder than I thought. The storm begins to rock the boat more than we like. “Jesus I have bills” and all we hear are Zs. “Jesus, can’t you see my storm?” more Zs. At this point, we’ve forgotten what Jesus said at the beginning, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” He didn’t say, “Let’s go to the middle and drown.” There is a promise of seeing this through to the other shore. The new job, the promotion, or restoration of relationship. He not just sleeping in your storm, He’s resting in the promise. You’re going to make it the other side. But we are so easily get consumed by the storm. What is it that consumes you? Things of this world, sin, doubt, lack of direction. The things of this world pass away, sin has no power over you, doubt is essential for faith, and Jesus is the way. When we realize that we are being consumed and we are in real danger, our cry for help is what wakes Him. He can immediately bring peace to the storm because he came from a place of rest. Authority comes from a place of rest. Until we can find rest in the storm we won’t have authority over the storm. How do we find rest in the storm? Trust in the one who made the promise, submit to His peace. Not every storm is avoidable, but you can find rest in every storm. If the waves listen to Him surely your circumstance will too.

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