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SELAH! Pause - reflect- just think of that!
Get in the Boat with Jesus
The vital thing in discipleship
is to actually follow Jesus Christ wherever He goes.
Have I left the lesser
loyalties to follow the higher priorities of the
Kingdom of God?
It is not enough to be
impressed with His person, or what we can get from
Him. Perhaps some of our evangelism and friendly
“seeker services” are like the people on the shore
of the Sea of Galilee seeking another amazing
miracle. Perhaps like Carnival, we shout, “Throw me
The crowds along the lakeside
wanted more healings than teaching. Jesus got into a
boat and headed to the other side of the Sea of
The vital thing Jesus wants is
for us to follow Him. Jesus still says to would be
disciples, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury the
dead” (Matthew 8:22). Jesus got in the boat “and His
disciples followed Him” (v. 23).
Have we gotten into the boat
with Jesus? Weak faith grows strong in the fierce
storms of life.
One moment Jesus is asleep on a
pillow in the rear of the boat in a fierce storm,
overcome with exhaustion from a busy day. Then we
see Him a few moments later calming the fierce wind
and waves, which only God can do.
Matthew, Mark and Luke tell the
events that day when Jesus and His disciples were
crossing the Sea of Galilee (Luke 8:22). Jesus,
exhausted from a day of ministry, fell asleep in the
rear of the boat. “A fierce gale of wind descended
upon the lake, and they began to be swamped and to
be in danger” (v. 23). Matthew who was an eyewitness
said, “There arose a great storm,” literally “a
shaking.” The “boat was covered with waves” (Matt.
8:24). It was such a severe storm that these
professional sailors panicked.
Jesus was not only divine, but
He was thoroughly human. He is the God-man. He is
fully God and He is fully man. Here we have a
beautiful picture of the human side of Jesus because
He was in the need of rest. He was tired and
exhausted. He needed to get away from the crowds and
rest. He put His trust in His heavenly Father to
watch over Him.
Suddenly, a furious storm came
up and strong violent gale winds whipped the waves
and engulfed the boat. It was a “boisterous surge, a
This storm was different from
anything they had ever encountered before. They had
never experienced anything like it. Humanly speaking
the situation became increasingly grave.
The disciples panicked. “Save
us, Lord; we are perishing!” (Matt. 8:25).
Jesus “rebuked the wind and the
surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm”
(LK. 8:24). Matthew says, “it became perfectly
calm,” or literally “a great calm occurred.” After
such a storm a lake does not calm down that quickly
and stay that way. The disciples knew that it
normally takes a while for the waves to settle down.
Here, eyewitnesses said the lake calmed immediately.
Christ, God omnipotent, was in
the boat. He is the master of the wind and the
waves. Wherever Jesus is the power of God is there.
Wherever Jesus is the storm becomes calm. Suddenly
the surface of the lake became as smooth as a piece
The reaction of the disciples
at the calmness struck them with “fear and
amazement.” It is probably correct to say they were
now more afraid of the calmness than the storm.
Jesus asked, “Where is your
faith?” (Lk. 8:25). His faith was in His Father (Ps.
The amazed disciples were
saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He
commands even the winds and the water, and they obey
Him?” (v. 25).
Where was their faith? They had
enough to get into the boat with Jesus and follow
Him. Yes, getting into a fishermen’s boat was their
safety zone. They had done that hundreds of times.
They had also ridden out a few bad storms in their
Why were they not exercising
their faith in Him at this time?
Our faith in God has to be
exercised personally. It refuses to be controlled by
the fierce storms in life. It refuses to panic when
the going gets tough and beyond our comfort. We have
to focus our faith on Him.
The thing that moved Jesus in
this account was not the violent storm, but the lack
of faith of the disciples. “Why are you timid, you
men of little faith?” (Matt. 8:26).
With Jesus in our boat we
should have courage to face the storms by faith in
Him. Christ is always in the boat. Jesus is praying
that we will have strong faith in Him (Lk.
The things that hinder our
faith are doubt, rationalizations, anxiety, lack of
courage, etc. Faith is volitional. It is a choice I
Our faith has to be tested
before it can be trusted. God allowed a violent
storm to test the disciples. Jesus entrusted His
safety to the Father. The disciples trusted in their
own competence as professional fishermen. “Their
unbelief was more dangerous than the storm.” It
takes God to change the weather.
“Behold God is my salvation, I
will trust and not be afraid” (Isaiah 12:2).
Where is your child like trust?
Would the One who had chosen them to follow Him
allow them to perish in the storm? Was not His
presence reassuring? We know Jesus had the storm
“under control” because He was sound asleep in the
John Ryle said, “How many have
faith and love enough to forsake all for Christ’s
sake, and to follow Him wherever He goes, and yet
are full of fears in the hour of trial! How many
have grace enough to turn to Jesus in every trouble
crying, ‘Lord, save us,’ and yet not grace enough to
lie still and believe in the darkest hour that all
Message by Wil Pounds (c) 2006
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Wil is a graduate of William Carey University, B. A.; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Th. M.; and Azusa Pacific University, M. A. He has pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. S, and served for over 20 years as missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. He had a daily expository Bible teaching ministry head in over 100 countries from 1972-2005. He continues to seek opportunities to be personally involved in world missions. Wil and his wife Ann have three grown daughters. He currently serves as a Baptist pastor and teaches seminary extension courses in Ecuador.
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