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To begin, let’s read Matthew 8:18-27 There are so many facets and interesting aspects of this story! Likewise, there are many lessons to be explored: The.

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1 To begin, let’s read Matthew 8:18-27 There are so many facets and interesting aspects of this story! Likewise, there are many lessons to be explored: The faithfulness of the disciples to follow, v.23; The origin, occasion and object of the storm, v.24a; The terror of the Twelve, v.25; The timidity of the Twelve, v.26a; The magnificent miracle of the Master, v.26b; and The marveling of the men, v.27. But the aspect I’d like us to consider is that while the faithless feared,

2 Have you ever really thought about this aspect of the story? That while the storm raged, And the disciples panicked, The Savior slept? Let’s consider a few things that make this part of the story not only pertinent, but vital.

3 Important details of the story: The 12 (His disciples) had sufficient faith to have obeyed and followed, vv.18,23.  And yet, in times of trouble, He called them “timid” (Greek word is “cowardly” in Rev.21:8), and said they were “men of little faith,” v.26.  The faith of initial belief and the first steps of following Jesus must be matured to allow for the proper perspective and reactions to life’s storms, cf. 2Pet.1:5ff; Heb.5:14ff; Jas.1:2-8.  Have you grown/matured your faith sufficiently to prevent you from being swamped (Luke 8:23b) by the storms of life?

4 Important details of the story: The 12 even had sufficient faith to go to the right source of salvation in time of need, vv.24-25.  The Sea of Galilee lies some 700 ft. below sea level, and is surrounded by mountains. Cool dry air rushes down these steep slopes (cf. Luke 8:23a, “descended”) and clashes with warm moist air rising from the sea producing quick and violent storms (“great,” v.24; also, the word for storm/tempest is seimos {shaking}, which is translated as “earthquake” in 24:7).  Thus, the 12 were not afraid without cause- at least from a faithless (carnal) point of view, cp. 1Cor.3:1-3.  And, they had enough faith and understanding to appeal to the right source, Jesus, of salvation, v.25; Acts 4:12.

5 How? Consider some other important details: 1.He had been busy about His Father’s work, vv.1- 15  16-18.  When we busy ourselves with the right kind of activities, then: 1) there is always plenty to do, Acts 20:33-35; and 2) rest becomes a good conscience necessity rather than a luxury, 1Thess.4:11-12; Phil.4:7.  Thus, given the day He had (vv.1-22), and the day that was ahead (vv.28-34ff), rest was more important than a moonlight cruise on the lake (yes, I realize this wasn’t a pleasure cruise for the 12), 6:22-23, 33-34.

6 How? Consider some other important details: 2.Compare the “faith” of the 12 (or lack thereof) with that of Jesus:  He did not say, “Let us go out to the middle of the lake so a storm can drown us all.” Luke 8:22  Rom.10:17.  He not only knew where they were going ‘tonight’ and ‘tomorrow,’ but where they were headed ultimately, 16:18  26:29-35  Acts 1:3-9  Acts 2:4ff.  Jesus, because of his faith, understood the ultimate destination, and thus was unaffected by inconsequential bumps/storms along the way, cp. vv.19-22  vv.26-27.  It’s hard to know where you are in life (and have the right perspective of it) without a faithfully clear picture of where you’re going, Heb.12:1-2.

7 So which will you be in the “storms of life”: Faithless and fearful like the disciples; or Faithful and confidently peaceful like the sleeping Savior? If you truly want to be like Jesus, then: Busy yourself daily with the Father’s work, and Trust in His word completely!

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