Friday, June 06 2008
I realize that I have not been consistent with the blog, but I have alot of excuses (ok...a bad joke). Please be patient and I will be back. We had new flooring put in our house this week and I was trying to stay out of the way of the fine men that were working so hard.
In reading, I came across a portion of scripture that may be familiar to you. It is found in Luke...
Luke 8:23But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
Luke 8:24And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
If you took this scripture and isolated it, you would probably think that the disciples had a right to be scared that they would die. If you looked at this scripture alone, I could fully understand that these men, of whom some were highly skilled waterman, thought they would die on the lake.
Like any scripture, it is necessary to look at the whole picture. These men had been witnesses to miracles including the raising of the dead (Luke 7:14). Logic (and I use that term loosely) would dictate that these men should have been overflowing with faith in God, but it is apparent that it wavered especially when their own lives were in peril. Humanity sometimes kicks in and overwhelms our faith.
It is the question that Jesus asked them in verse that I find so interesting...
Luke 8:25And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
We should ask this question to ourselves and find out if our faith is strong enough to deal with the circumstances in our lives that arise. It is easy to have faith for others, but where is our faith when we are dealing with the issues that seem to overcome us. Remembering...
Ephesians 3:12In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.