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STOP ROCKING THE BOAT

 

Luke 8:22-25 “22 Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, ‘Let us go over to the other side of the lake.’ So they launched out. 23 But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. 24 They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. 25 And He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’ They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, ‘Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?’”

Don’t you just love the fact that it was Jesus’ idea to go across the lake? And being God, He knew a storm would come. So why in the world would He put the lives of the disciples in danger? Simple answer – they weren’t in danger because they were with the Master. Jesus wasn’t worried about the wind and waves. Shoot , if the boat had sunk He could have just walked to shore and taken all the disciples with Him.   He chose, however, to let the winds and waves come, and He asked them, “Where is your faith?”

When was the last storm that you went through? Did your children know about it? Were they aware of the wind and waves lashing against the bow of your family’s boat? Were they (and you) afraid of sinking? What did you say to them? What did you hear the Lord saying to you?

Just like the disciples the Lord will sometimes lead us into or allow us to enter storms. But just like in this passage He is in control. He has the ability to calm the storm. Your children need to see your faith in the midst of the storm. God may allow a storm just for that purpose. As we teach our children to trust the Lord in the storm our own faith grows.

So, be still my child. Stop rocking the boat. Let Jesus calm you or the storm. Either way, He’s got this.

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