“And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. [KJV] Matthew 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!” – Matthew 8:23-27
There is something awesomely good about following the Master! Receiving instructions from and following the Master can be so much fun and rewarding. However it can also stir up much pain and agony! But if one learns to faithfully follow those instructions, the heat of the pain and agony would eventually be soothed out and changed to joy.
The scripture above tells of Jesus entering a boat, followed by His disciples. He took the initiative, the lead, and His disciples followed. The idea of what to do and where to go were His. A lot of pain and anguish many go through today are the result of trying to lead the Lord; thinking up the thing to do and asking God to come along! Of Him (originating from Him) and through Him (His Way and method) and to Him (surrendered to Him and His plans) are all things.
“For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.” – Romans 11:36
All things: thought, word and deed should originate from Him; that is when, and the only time when His peace that passes all understanding is shed into our hearts.
Jesus was in the boat with His disciples, yet a “great tempest” rose against them!
Walking with and obeying the Lord’s instructions does not make us immune to trials! Rather, it opens us up to trials! The Lord may be mighty in your life, your job, business, ministry, home and marriage, yet storms arise!
Translated from “seismos”, the Greek word as used in Matthew 24:7 and Matthew 27:54 which means earthquake, this was not an ordinary storm, but an EARTHQUAKE! A sudden, violent movement of the earth’s surface; this, under the sea.
Some of you maybe experiencing earthquakes in your lives: a job moving normally, a business making waves, a Ministry touching lives, a marriage full of fun and promise, a normal healthy life. Then all of a sudden, unexpectedly and without warning, a violent change comes; a severe attack, an EARTHQUAKE that comes with such great force that leaves you despairing for life and possibly asking for death!
“For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life. But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead.” – 2Corinthians 1:8-9
Even with Jesus in the boat!
These fishermen who had spent all their lives at sea became helpless. Their knowledge, experience and abilities had failed them! Their peace was gone! Indeed no man should trust in his knowledge, experience, education or connection, “for by strength shall no man prevail!”
Despite the earthquake you may experiencing now, God wants you to have peace! Even in the midst of turmoil, strife and trial, with every ground breaking up around you and falling apart, God wants you to know that He has you covered; you are secure. A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right, no harm can come on you! (Psalm 91:7)
The disciples were worried, afraid and not at peace because of the Earthquake, and Jesus rebuked them as faithless! Imagine being in a summersaulting vehicle and with no seat-belt, and for crying out in panic, God rebukes you!
What does He expect you to do?
Ignore the storm! Jesus ignored it! That was why He rebuked them.
“And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.” – Matthew 8:26
He was disappointed that they were afraid and woke Him up. Why was He disappointed?
They did not ignore the storm!
He had told them how much they mean to God and how much God cares for them. (Matthew 6:25-34.) They were not to worry! Satan cannot do anything to you except God allows him. That was why Jesus could sleep in the boat! But obviously, the disciples did not learn it; they lived in fear and worry.
Whereas the Word of God tells us not to fret because of evil doers (Proverbs 24:19)
Thankfully, they began to practice, for over ten years later Peter faced a situation that threatened his life. He had learned and exercised himself to be at peace with his everyday situations, no matter the environment.
In Acts 12:1-5, with just a few hours to be beheaded, he did not rehearse his fate, or try to figure where he went wrong. Rather he slept soundly, peacefully in the midst of a “quarternium” of soldiers (16 soldiers).
Now he knew. There was a knowing now, that we are hidden in Christ where no devil or harm can come. They can raise every kind of storm but cannot touch a child of God that knows the power of God that works in him!
“But the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” – Daniel 11:32b
Knowledge is powerful, it delivers!
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” – John 8:32
It takes knowledge of the Word of God, to be free or delivered from worry. Peter knowing the Word of God and having an understanding of same through practice, was able to put his trust in Him who gave that Word. And as trust begets peace, he was filled with peace and was able to sleep!
“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” – Isaiah 26:3
Trust comes by knowledge, and knowledge does not come cheap! It does not come overnight, but with time, patience and consistency.
It took Peter over ten years of practice, over ten years of “tasting” the Lord, before knowing He is good.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” – Psalm 34:8
To taste means to get involved, to experience, which sometimes, come with a high price.
Learn to leave some things alone. After you have huffed and puffed, leave everything in the hands of the Lord and go to sleep. Allow peace into your heart kknowing that God is working all things to your favour!
” The steps of the good man are directed and established by the Lord
when He delights in his way and He busies Himself with his every step.
Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord
grasps his hand in support and upholds him.” – Psalm 37:32 (AMP)
Mistakes happen in life. It happens with the big and the small, the
super-rich and the raggedy poor. It happens with the prayerful and the
prayer less. It happens with everyone.
It is a major reason people do not bear fruit, sustain what fruit
they bear and have no result to show for their efforts. Many of us
have made mistakes and rather than move on ahead have remained there
whining, complaining, blaming other people and better still, blaming
What is mistake? To miss taking a thing; a result of carelessness or
misunderstanding: failing to hold with the hands or the legs,failing
to hold or comprehend with the reasoning. Mistakes lead to failure.
As God orders the steps of the good man. It is expected that he will
not stumble. But the bible makes it clear that he can and will
stumble. And this is because he can always hold or comprehend what
God is leading him through.
Beloved, God knows you can fall and make mistakes. Don’t crucify
yourself because you made one. It only proves you are flesh and
blood. “And the LORD said, My spirit will not always strive with
man, for he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and
twenty years.” (Genesis 6:3)
“Flesh” will always make mistakes. God knows this and even
acknowledged ” For a just man falleth seven times and riseth up
again.” Proverbs 24:16a God knows you will fall again and again.
Perfect, “seven times”, almost without redemption fall. So why do you
God is not counting that against you, rather His hand is stretched
out to you, to uphold you and pull you up from the fall, pull you up
from failure, pull you up and out of decay, if you will reach up to
take His hand. “For the Lord grasps his hand to support and uphold
him.” He will only hold it against you when you refuse to “rise up”
to His prompting.
Even those that walked with Jesus made mistakes. One of them was
Peter who denied Jesus three times. (John 18 :27) Even at that Jesus
did not condemn, criticize or destroy him. Instead He reinstated him.
Three times Peter denied Him and three times He reinstated him. “Feed
my lambs…. Feed my sheep….Feed my sheep.” ( John 21:15-17)
There is something ahead of you, get up and face it! Lift up your
limp hands, strengthen your legs, pull yourself up and start all
over again! You can’t win if you quit! There is so much for you to
live for. God has not written you off and don’t dare write yourself
off! You made a mistake and fell. So what? You are not the first
neither would you be the last! Only be more careful henceforth.
Watch where you go, what words you speak and how you interpret what you hear.
You can’t fail.