|O You of Little Faith|
|Sunday, July 24 2011|
Finding Faith in the Middle of the Storm...
When the storms rage in our life, do we stand firm on our faith? In today's verse, the disciples struggled to remain strong:
"(Jesus) got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, 'Lord, save us! We are perishing!' He said to them, 'Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?' Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, 'What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?'" -Matthew 8:23-27, NAB
Most Christians find it easy to stand firm on their faith when their life is like a calm sea; however, at different points in our life, the storms will rage and cause us to be afraid. It is easy to be a Christian when things are going our way, but can we stay just as strong when the going gets tough? Not only can we, but we must. In fact, it is when the seas rage that we need our Lord the most.
We have all faced challenges in our lives. They can overcome our hearts and minds, our very lives. Our fear will begin to consume us, and we will lose sight of the Lord. No matter how much we struggle, we must realize that He is there. In this story, Jesus was with His disciples, right there in the boat, but they were still afraid. At times, we question if the Lord is paying attention. We cry out to Him in anger, wondering why He allows us to face these storms. Yet, He is always there. We may think that He has forgotten us, but He never will.
The disciples cried out to Jesus and begged Him to save them, but they did not need saving. Christ questioned their faith, and He will question ours when the day comes that we meet Him. He will remind us of the storms that came into our lives, and how we showed little faith. When we struggle in our lives, we must trust Him to protect us. No matter how big of waves come crashing down on us, Christ is always there. These are not times when our faith should leave us, but times that our faith is strengthened.
Instead of leaning on our own strength and wisdom, we shall trust the Lord to guide and protect us through any storm. Our Lord, who commanded the winds and sea, can also command the storms in our life. When the seas rage, we must be calm. When the waves crash over us, we must stand our ground. When we are faced with the struggles of this life, we must remain in hope for a life beyond this world. Our Lord is always there to protect us, and there is no reason to ever be afraid.