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From: "Forthright Magazine" <forthrightmag@...>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 16:11:12 -0300
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Straight to the Cross


COLUMN: Heavenly Connections

Where Is My Faith?
by Tim Hall

Following Jesus meant staying on the go. The
disciples must have often felt exhausted as they
assisted the Lord during his ministry. His work
was not centered in one locale, but moved
frequently from place to place. Jesus also felt
the physical toll.

Three of the gospel writers tell of one trip
across the Sea of Galilee. It was a trip that the
fishermen among them had made many times. This
time a fierce storm arose. It was severe enough to
frighten even the veteran seamen. When they turned
to the Lord for his advice, he was "in the stern,
asleep on a pillow" (Mark 4:38, NKJV).

The words they then spoke were motivated by
desperation and fear. "Teacher, do you not care
that we are perishing?" (v. 38) To them it seemed
certain that if Jesus cared he would not be
sleeping through their terrifying ordeal.

Rousing from his sleep, Jesus merely spoke the
words, "Peace, be still!" (v. 39), and the winds
immediately ceased. But another storm was stirred
within these disciples when Jesus turned to them:
"Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have
no faith?" (v. 40)

What exactly did these disciples have trouble
believing? That Jesus could do something about the
storm that threatened their lives? That Jesus
cared enough to stand with them through the storm?
Or did they have doubts about both? What a
difference faith would have made in those men on
that occasion!

God saw fit to preserve this account for our
meditation. There's a lesson to be learned from
it, though we may never sail the Sea of Galilee.
Storms will certainly come our way, and some will
make us wonder (1) if God has the power to do
anything about it, or (2) if God cares enough to
notice.

For situations like these, we have a rock-solid
promise that God is able to help and that he
cares. Paul presented the promise with these
words:

   "There isn't any temptation that you have
   experienced which is unusual for humans.
   God, who faithfully keeps his promises,
   will not allow you to be tempted beyond
   your power to resist. But when you are
   tempted, he will also give you the ability
   to endure the temptation as your way of
   escape" (1 Corinthians 10:13, God's Word
   Translation).

In our case, the Lord may not immediately still
the storm. We may have to ride out the storm all
the way across the sea we're traveling. But faith
assures us that God is still in the boat, fully
aware of the severity of the situation. As long as
God is with me, all is well with my soul.

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