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Luke 8:22-25- Jesus and The Storms
Is there any chaos in your life right now? Any storms brewing that have you freaking out? Jesus' three phrases challenge the way we look at chaos: I. “Let us go” (v. 35-37). (the path of our vessel: through the sea at night!) II. “Quiet! Be Still!” (v.38-39) (the power of our Captain: commands the wind & the waves) III. “Why are you so afraid?” (v.40-41) (the purpose of the voyage: to test the object of our faith)
In John 6 we see that Jesus comes to us in the storms of our life not to take us out of them but to show us that he has authority over them. The goal of this text is to get us to trust Jesus in the midst of our suffering.
Our text today continues the day that began with Jesus teaching people on the lake shore, telling the parable of the sower and giving the interpretation to his disciples, followed by more teaching to the crowd in parables. Jesus is teaching in parables so that only those with ears to hear will comprehend what he is saying. Jesus is not teaching for the masses even though the masses are present. Jesus is teaching those who God has enabled to hear, this is an odd thing in a number of ways. God is not looking to create a place where people will be culturally Christian, somewhat formed and shaped by the traditions of Christianity, creating an ethnic identity, or moral code based on the teachings of Jesus. Jesus wants disciples, people committed to following him, being transformed and remolded into the image of Christ Jesus. People committed to living out life as citizens of the kingdom God. In our text today Jesus and his immediate disciples leave the region of Capernaum and head to the other side of the see of Galilee, over toward the Decapolis, the gentile region of Galilee. While in the crossing we see both Jesus humanity he is tired and sleeping, we also see his divinity as he calms the storm.
We are all going to experience storms in this life. There are several questions we ask: Why didn't God create a world without pain and suffering and why does God allow pain and suffering to continue? He uses our pain to draw people to God, to develop our character, and to lovingly discipline us. In light of those questions we often have, we need to keep an eternal focus, recognize that the pain and suffering will end, and turn to God.
We need to get ourselves as spiritually, emotionally and physically healthy so we are equipped to handle the storms of life. The very storm that discourages us the most, God wants to use to develop us. To use pain positively in our life, we need to grab hold of JOY even in the midst of our pain, we need to determine to persevere, and allow God to grow us in the midst of the pain.
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and winds blew and beat against the house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house and it fell with a great crash. Expectations can mean everything