Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Jesus Over-Answers Us When We Cry Out

One of my favorite accounts in the Bible takes place on the Lake of Galilee.

Then the wind and storms started to rise, yet Jesus is still calmly asleep in the boat.

The disciples, however, cannot stop being afraid.

Let me present to you first the entire passage:

35And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.38And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? 41And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

First, let's remember what Jesus told the disciples: "Let us pass over to the other side."

He said they were going over to the other side. It's an established fact. They are going to get over to the other side.

Now, let's focus on the fearful outburst from the disciples:

"Master, don't you care that we are perishing?"

Yes He Does!

Jesus just simply woke up, rebuked the sea, and there was a "mega calm" which followed.

Notice that the disciples simply asked "Don't you care"?

Jesus not only cared, but He shut down the storm.

He not only cared, but take note that the ship was full of water (v. 37), but after Jesus spoke, the boat was no longer full.

Seafare is often a rough business. The seas oalong hte Lake of Galilee are choppy as a rule. Notice that Jesus not only calmed the storm, but there was a "great calm", literally a "mega calm"--a calm along the storm which the fishermen and travelers in the boat had never experienced!

The disciples were just shouting at Jesus in complete frustration.

Jesus not only responded to their cry--as offensive as it may have been--and he over-answered their cry. Not once did any of them pray for Jesus to help them.

But Jesus came through, didn't He!

Never forget that even when we just cry out, He answers us! And He over-answers!

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