Gather around the fire Friends and let me narrate to you a true story that happened in a far way land….Once upon a time,many many years ago before electricity had been invented,there was a man.His name was Jesus the Nazorean.Apart from his unusual conception and birth where God and man had contributed,he was quite an ordinary man,brought up in a humble home of a hardworking carpenter.He was tall, long hair,gentle eyes and had a strong figure.
Lk 8:22 ‘One day he got into a boat with his disciples and said to them,”Let us cross to the other side of the lake.”So they set sail,23 and while they were sailing he fell asleep.A squall blew over the lake,and they were taking in water and were in danger.24 They came and woke him saying,”Master,master,we are perishing!”He awakened, rebuked the wind and the waves,and they subsided and there was calm.25 Then he asked them,”where is your faith?” But they were filled with awe and amazed and said to one another,”who then is this, who commands even the winds and the sea, and they obey him?”
`°°°It was a beautiful evening and the sun was setting.Jesus had been with the crowds as usual,attending to them and I can imagine he must have been really tired by the time he got into the boat with his disciples to sail off to the other side of the sea.No wonder soon after,Jesus fell deep asleep while the disciples were probably telling stories,recounting the events of that day and keeping watch as they enjoyed their voyage across the Galilee.With Jesus in the boat,disciples must have thought,nothing could go wrong.They had been with him and had seen the great power he had often displayed and had come to accept him as their master.
°°°In life,it’s important to walk closely with Christ,witnessing his great works and knowing him for who he truly is,beyond just hearing about him from others .Then we will be confident as we walk through life,knowing Jesus is always with us and we can see him,touch him,talk to him and listen to him.His presence with us is oftentimes so natural,so mild,so simple that you might even fail to recognize his divinity and greatness as he sleeps so gently by our side.
Let the storm begin,waves were lashing vindictively against the boat and it shook around,splash water started filling it,the wind was violent and night was catching on,fear came upon the disciples!they looked at Jesus,curious to see his reaction and confused because they did not expect a storm in the presence of Jesus, and what do they see? Jesus still sleeping so comfortably on a cushion as if nothing was the matter.This must have made them so angry as they woke him up saying,”don’t you care that we’re perishing?”
°°°Friends,How many times have you been disappointed in life, devotedly following God hoping the worst won’t happen to you then it does?How many times have you felt that God didn’t care much about your difficult situation?Dear Friends,Jesus is always close by you,loving you as though you were the only one because by him you were formed in your mother’s womb and before you were born,he knew you! yet you will still encounter storms.why would he let us encounter storms then if he loved us so much?
Because he wants us to learn,to grow,to know him,to love him and to choose him, to resign ourselves unreservedly to his saving power.
He wants us to have faith in him and do something about it.He wants us to play agents or troops to his saving mission and how better than to mould us like he himself was moulded.Showing us how to carry that cross daily yet walk with it,falling many times even but rising up again because of the journey we must complete, because of the crown that awaits us.
However,most times we’re visited by storms of life what do we do? we quickly forget and get overcome by fear.Friends don’t let fear overcome you.We’re human and sometimes the feelings of anxiety or fear might linger but don’t give them space.stand up brother,stand up sister and act in faith!
The disciples were afraid,and they ran to the master to wake him up,not realizing they were already in his very presence with them and all they needed was faith to do what he would do.for this he rebuked them.Don’t we often do the same?Don’t we often let fear overshadow our faith then make it seem like God is ignoring us?
Friends,when the storms come as they often would, do not be quick to blame God,realize instead that those are opportunities God has given you to demonstrate your faith.ask your sweet friend the holy Spirit to help you through and see if He doesn’t!There’s nothing too hard for God to do.Do you believe that?
So Jesus wakes up and what does he do first?he rebukes the wind and the violent waves,”be silent!” there comes a great calm!Then finally Jesus can rebuke the disciples for their lack of faith.
°°°What do we do as christians when there is a crisis in our midst,when things go wrong?do we immediately find fault with others and dwell on who was responsible or do we look for a way out first,then afterwards,lovingly correct those who went wrong? That’s an element of Godly leadership as Jesus demonstrates.
The boat has often symbolized the Church,which goes through good and rough times.Through faith in Christ Jesus and His very presence in the Church,there is always a great calm in the midst of storms and you see Jesus is the only reason the Church won’t fall apart.your body too is a temple of God and as the priest of your own temple,what better than to invite Jesus inside so that you never fall apart!
Finally,if you desire to have the Lord staying under your roof,how else but to have your house always cleaned out and fit for a King?