Lesson text: Matthew 8:23-6 23 And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. 24 And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. 25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
Jesus had entered onto the ship after a day of doing “Jesus business.” You know: healing the sick and feeding the multitudes. You know what I mean. So, after he had gotten on the ship from Capernaum. Remember that there he had healed the palsied man and the fevered women? So, Jesus told his disciples to get on the ship so that he could get some rest. He rested. Then, a storm came.
We’ve all been there. Soon as you feel that after all that you have gone through during the day, soon as you feel that it’s all good in your life. A storm comes. The storms began to rage. “…there arose a great tempest in the sea,” as it says in Matthew 8:24. So, as this storm was tearing up the boat everyone was running around not knowing what to do. I can look through my “spiritual viewmaster” and see the disciples running screaming trying to pull the ship’s steer around. I can see them trying to take control of the situation to make sure that they survived. We do that. As soon as the storm comes we’re running around not knowing what to do with ourselves. “Lord I don’t know what I’m gone do.” “My lights getting turned off.” We start crying. Running through the house with wet tissues scattered in every room. He knows what you’re going through.
He even knows that you’re going to come out of it. But what makes this thing so good is that while all of this was going on. Jesus was asleep. It says in verse 24 that “the ship was covered with the waves: but (Jesus) he was asleep.” Then, they woke Jesus up and said, “Lord save us!!” The disciples sound like some of us don’t they? After we do all that we can do without God. We want to call on him when it gets tough. After we’ve tried to curse that mean co-worker out but we still get written up. After we’ve tried putting our husband or wife’s clothes out on the porch, but they still cheat. After we’ve done all that we can do by ourselves. That’s when we call on God. Then when you go on to verse 26 Jesus says, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?”
Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.” Most preachers get to the part about Jesus just calming the storm and stop right there. But the good part is that before he calmed the storm he asked the disciples, “Where is your faith?” And why is this good? I pondered on what Jesus meant when he asked the disciples that question.
But after sitting down thinking about that thing for a while; it came to me. See, what Jesus is saying is that when the storms come, that if we had enough faith, this thing that you’re going through wouldn’t even be worth worrying about because you know that it’s going to work out. This means that the storms can be calmed before we even call on Jesus.
See, Jesus came to the disciples’ help because they believed that he was the prince of peace, they believed that he was the son of God. But they didn’t have that personal faith that we should have in God. The faith that will give you assurance in what God can do. You’ve been there. You’re right in the middle of the storm. I’m not talking about no little thunder shower either. I’m talking about a storm worse than Hurricane Andrew and Ivan put together. I’m talking about the storms that you can’t see your way out of.
Your child is sick, your car is breaking down, its week one; you’re a quarter tank from “e” and you have another week and a half to go till you get paid. Then, the people on the job are acting crazy, trying to get you fired. But God wants us to know that if we’re in the storm, if we believe in God’s power; that we can be right in the middle of the storm and not even know it. Because if God helped me once before. He can do it again. I know how you feel.
You feel like you are behind a hundred foot brick wall with no rope in sight. But if you have faith in God, you will be able to conquer your storms. Trust in the Lord. The same God that never made the mistake of having two sunsets in one day, the same God that hang the stars up in the sky, the same God that spins the world on its axis without letting go, is the same God that can pay your bills. He’s the same God that can straighten your situation out. If you just have faith, your burdens will be made light and you will be able to conquer the storms.