Situations Happen

Matthew 8

23 When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, there arose [v]a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26 He *said to them, “Why are you [w]afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and [x]it became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

 

Have you ever stopped to consider what it is that we pray for and what brings fear to our hearts?  Have you ever stopped and took inventory of the things that keep us up at night? Better yet, have we taken inventory of the many miracles and blessings? Or just thought of how the sovereignty of God and His providence that continues to be both a pillar of smoke and fire; is always there?  When you look out into the mind of the Christian which is displayed in the things we says; one things shines through.  We are all going through something.  No one is without a situation that is heavy on their minds or a carrying a burden within their hearts.  People all over the world are dealing with trials and tribulations in some shape, form, or fashion.  Based on that individual, there is a tailored season of brokenness assigned to that person.  With that statement we find ourselves wanting to  bring charges against God; thus putting Him on trial to explain why it’s not fair.  We would all have reasons why we do not deserve such treatment from a God claiming to be good.   There is so much evil in this world that happens and everyone of us always get amnesia as to who is committing these evil acts.  These evil things happen and create a ripple that causes all kinds of situations for others.  Sometimes the situations are products of nature and we still blame God for however He deals with it.  At the end of the day we are all sinners who should be dead but still tell the Judge of all things that community service is too harsh.

We all want God to stop evil but what we call evil are the unfortunate events that happen to us.  There are also those things that happen in our presents and we standby doing nothing.  Life is very complex and yet we want simple answers all the time.  Like children,  we fall to the floor having a temper tantrum.   I guess we never really grow up because even as adults being children of God we are seeing God through child eyes; the eyes of the heart that is.  We live a childish life style when it comes to Christianity.   What I mean by that is that we walk out our faith with all of our eyes on ourselves.  We walk out our faith expecting others to also have all eyes on us.  We live situational lives.  We aren’t living daily on the word or God but daily on our very selfish needs.  Minute by minute, second by second we view every microcosm of things that happen to us under a microscope in an effort to prove God wrong.  It’s like the person who only reads the bible to find contradictions not to see who God is.    We are the media who judges a warden based on how he is treating Hitler on death row.

23 When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.   After we see what God can do for us we gladly follow him to the ends of the earth.  Just as the people that wanted to be Jesus’ disciples but Jesus made them count the cost.  He wanted them to see what it meant to follow Him.  Right now on earth, everyday will not be Sunday as in heaven.  But those who are His chosen disciples they should now this.  They know the Lord, so they followed as they got into the boat.   24 And behold, there arose [v]a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep.   We just don’t get the fact that even though we walk with God that doesn’t negate the storms that come up in our lives.  Even though the waves may cover us, we will not sink.  The presence of a storm doesn’t mean God is sleep.  Just as in this situation on the boat, just because Jesus is asleep it doesn’t mean that He is asleep.  25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!”   Because of the situation we forget everything and I mean everything.  We forget who God is. We forget who we are in Christ.  We forget the past workings of God.  We forget that where we are right now is all of the grace and mercy of God.  We forget things God has just done minutes ago like the disciples.  26 He *said to them, “Why are you [w]afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and [x]it became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”    We forget because we have more faith that the storm is greater than God then we have faith in the fact that God is God of all even the storm.  Because we have a childish view of life and situations.   Mistakenly, we have been taught that when the Lord is directing you that the road will be easy.  This is because of a gross misunderstanding of faith.  Since we more than likely view everything;  even the things of God through the power of our own abilities.  Thus, we expected God to lower the mountain so we can just step over it.  It is because we see everything as being for our glory.  We even take the word of God and twist it to validate our claims.  We make the stories of David, Jericho,  Gideon, and such; making them about our strength which we know is weak.  Those stories and the stories of our lives are about the glory of God and His strength working on behalf of weak sinful people doing great things to display God.  Reread the stories and see God saying that is Him who defeats the giant, crashes the wall, and slay the armies.  The call of God and His giving of a task, direction, and or call to walk in obedience is to do several things.  Show you your weakness, show you your sinfulness in relationship to the blessing and to show you and the world the might of God.  God will press you with it and we must respond.  When Peter received his charge to teach others after he denied Christ; Jesus approached him and Peter was reminded of his weakness, his sinfulness and the power of God.  And Jesus told him that the difficulties were not in vain. The enemy will be there to use the reminders to turn us away whereas God intends on them to encourage us and know that it isn’t us but Christ living in us.  That it is the power of God and His faithfulness to His glory that He moves mountains. Our faith is in God being God not the conditions of the mountain changing so we can step over it.  Let us get on bending knee and God will decide how He will be Himself.

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