The Galilean Crisis and the Storm
Week 11 Chapter 9B
Scripture: Mark 6:45-52, 14:24-33; John 6:16-21
There are times in our lives that storms arise when we least expect them. Those storms can be a radical test of our faith.
I remember such a time on our boat Makarios. As I have said before, my husband and I go out on our boat to be alone, and commune with God. On this specific occasion, it had been a very stressful week, and I needed to feel close to God and be “in His Presence.”
While I thought it might take overnight to get there, God had other plans! As in this Biblical account of the storm on the Sea of Galilee, storms can come up quite suddenly and violently on the bay.
Such was the case on this particular evening. The dark clouds in the distance came upon us suddenly; the jagged lightening and whipping wind rocked the boat viciously. Not thinking it wise to move, we weathered the storm with white knuckles and fervent prayer. Such was the case with the disciples that night on the Sea of Galilee.
As Jesus was off praying in the mountains, He was aware of their predicament, but allowed them to wrestle with their emotions. Does that happen to you? Is there ever a storm in your life where it feels like God is just busy doing something else? Do you think that He’s just not there for you? How do you think the disciples felt at this moment?
After a little while, Jesus did go to their aid. It is interesting to note that when He came upon the boat (walking on water) the disciples were frightened instead of relieved. Amazing! Here they had just seen Jesus feed more than 5,000 people with little more than a snack. Before that, they had seen Him calm the wind and the waves of another storm with just a command. Still, they thought He was a ghost and they were afraid.
How often is God working in our lives and all we see is see evil? When the situation does not work out the way we think it should. Oh, what blessings we miss when we do that. Like Peter, who, when seeing Jesus walking toward him on the water, insisted that Jesus allow him (Peter) to walk on the water too. We often run ahead of God, and insist that He do things our way. How does Jesus respond? Well, He obliges Peter, only to expose Peter’s lack of faith and bumbling self-will. What does Peter learn? Apparently not much! When we see Peter’s behavior at Christ’s trial before the Sanhedrin, he is denying Jesus loudly.
Eventually though, as the storm rages through our lives, we learn the necessary lessons that grow us. Peter eventually lets God lead, and grows in abundance because of it. We, eventually, see the benefit of the storms in our lives, and as we let God form us (like we really have any say in that), we are conformed to His likeness as well.
See Ya Next Time!