No Matter What Happens…Trust God

What are you afraid of?

What was your first memory? I can tell you mine because fear kinda marked it permanently. I don’t know a whole lot about the details. I know that I was just learning to talk. I know that I was still able to sleep in a crib because that is where I remember waking up. What I remember was waking up from a nap, in a strange bed, in a strange house and with a bunch of peacock feathers staring at me. I just screamed…eyes! Eyes! Eyes! Till my mom came to get me.

I can tell you I’m not scared of peacocks at all because of that experience. But I can tell you that there have been plenty of other things that have caused me to be scared. Being diagnosed with cancer was one, but so was doing a nighttime scuba dive and being caught in low tide. I was scared on my wedding day and I was getting a little scared when our cat went missing a few weeks ago.

Ask yourself honestly, what is something that has scared you recently?

There are two very important truths we need to hear…Christians are not exempt from storms.

1.  We face storms because we are human. (2 Cor. 11:25-26, Paul’s shipwrecks and storms)
2.  We face storms because we are Christians (Jesus warned us: Jn 16:33)

 I don’t know where the idea comes from that Christians should expect to have life easy and free of troubles. Somebody thought it must be so but they must have missed this story…

Matthew 8:23-27 NKJV Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. (24) And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. (25) Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!" (26) But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (27) So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

Some have tried to read these words and portray them as Jesus wasn’t actually talking to the waves at all but his men. Surely, Jesus, the good teacher, couldn’t do that! He couldn’t REALLY talk to the waves. But William Ritter, pastor and theologian (and one who knows something about storms), says no, we need to be careful how we handle a text like this. It cannot be dismissed so easily by demythology. Comparing the two versions fo this story helps too because Mark has additional info in 4:35-40. Ritter digs in a bit deeper….

Jesus doesn't say: "Peace, be still." It would be nice if he did. But it would be far too mild. A better translation would have Jesus saying to the waves: "Hush! Be silent." Better still might be: "Shut up! Cease and desist.

The purpose of this story isn’t about being courageous like Jesus. No, Jesus is shown to be the ONE who is over all the forces at work in this life. Ritter…
Ultimately, you see, this is a story that tells you three things:

 1. Who Jesus is ... one who even wind and sea obey.
 2. Where we meet him ... when the storms of life are raging.
 3. How much we ought to trust him ... a whole lot more than we do!

Today, as we prepare for Vacation Bible School and a week of teaching our young people about trusting in Jesus, we have an opportunity to renew our faith - our trust in Jesus.  At the table of Communion, we put our trust in the words of Jesus that he is who he says he is - God's Son, the Savior of the World - the one over the wind and the waves.  The One who cares for us in the midst of our storms.  Are you willing to trust Him?


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