He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging water; the storm subsided, and all was calm. (Luke 8:24)
One day Jesus said to His disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” While they were on the way and Jesus was asleep, a squall came down on the lake and their boat was being swamped.
Now, Jesus’ disciples were seasoned fishermen and had been on that lake countless times before. They had undoubtedly encountered many storms, but apparently nothing like this one. Luke records that they “were in great danger” (v. 23), and they cried out, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” Again, this was the assessment of seasoned sailors, not timid tourists. But then something extraordinary happened. Jesus spoke . . . and all was calm. Even the winds and the waves knew the voice of their Creator and they obeyed immediately.
Can the same be said about you and me? There was a time when humanity did listen to God speak. Back in the Garden of Eden, God created Adam and Eve to listen and respond to His voice and revelation. They walked together in the Garden in the cool of the day, hanging on every word God spoke to them. All was calm . . . until they decided to listen to another voice, the voice of Satan. When they did that, all creation was plunged into chaos. But even though creation is broken, it still knows His voice and responds to it immediately.
The question is, do we do the same in our brokenness?
After God speaks salvation to us, raising us from death to life, we know His voice and can respond to His calling. The challenge for us is that there are countless other voices vying for our attention and allegiance. There are voices looking for our time. There are voices looking for our talent. There are voices looking for our treasure. It is up to us to decide which voice we will listen and respond to. I hope this message today will be a source of great encouragement to you to follow the One who commands even the winds and the waves to obey Him.
There is much that we can glean from the account of Jesus calming the storm. (If you’d like, you can go to our church website and listen to the sermon I preached on this passage: “The Savior & the Storm – Story of our Lives.”) Today I’d like to draw your attention to just one thing: When the winds and the waves responded to the command of Jesus, all was calm. And when you and I respond to the command of Jesus, all is calm. Now, that doesn’t mean that there will never be storms! Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). Storms have been promised. But just as the winds and the waves were suddenly calm, we too will be at peace, just as Jesus was in perfect peace as He lay sleeping in the boat while the fierce squall was raging all around Him. Obedience is the key to peace.
So . . . what is Jesus speaking into your life today? Personally? Professionally? Relationally? Will you listen to Him and follow His command? Or will you listen to the voice of another? May the witness of the winds and the waves inspire you to respond to your Redeemer; if you do, you will experience the peace that passes all understanding. You have His Word on it!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!