WHO IS THAT IN THE BOAT WITH YOU?
Luk 8:22 One day Jesus got into a boat with his disciples and said to them, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out,
Luk 8:23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. Now a violent windstorm came down on the lake, and the boat started filling up with water, and they were in danger.
Luk 8:24 They came and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are about to die!” So he got up and reprimanded the wind and the raging waves; they died down, and it was calm.
Luk 8:25 Then he said to them, “Where is your faith?” But they were afraid and stunned, saying to one another, “Who is this then? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him!”
how faith reacts to the storm
Luke uncharacteristically gives the shortest version of this story. In Mark’s version, Jesus asks two questions: “Why are you being cowards? Do you not yet have faith?” (Mark 4:40). Luke shortens this to one question: “Where is your faith?”
That one question says it all for Luke, because he put it in the context of Jesus’ lessons about being a genuine follower of Christ.
- The different types of true followers (8:1-3)
- The way to discern a true follower (8:4-15)
- The visibility of a true follower (8:16-18)
- The status of a true follower (8:19-21).
Jesus’ question is the same one he asks of us when we are in a trying situation and we act like he doesn’t care. Of course he cares. He is with us in the boat. A true follower of Christ is not going to prevent storms from happening. But a true follower will display her faith as a testimony to the existence of Christ in her life.
LORD, forgive us for panicking each time the boat rocks! Show us how to display our faith in the storm.