A wise Pastor once told me
“If it can be solved with money, it’s not a problem”
I usually shot back with
“Then write me a check!”
I never fully understood what he was saying until this last weekend
Our church is going through a sermon series entitled
This week, Pastor Mike spoke about the Eye of the Storm
- The eye of the storm is often the center of God’s will for our lives
- It’s not the size of your faith, it’s the direction
- The storm is designed to expose your faith and reveal the Son
In Luke 8: 24 it talks of the disciples and Jesus being in a boat out on the lake
A huge storm comes up and they were in real danger of dying and Jesus was napping
As the boat is taking on water, the disciples go to Jesus, waking Him up by shouting
Master! Master! We are going to drown!
In other words,
How can You just lay there snoozing when we’re all gonna die?!
Jesus woke up, sat up and hollered loud
And it did
And I imagine the disciples shut up, too
Then Jesus asked
Where is your faith?
Were they faithless men? I don’t believe so
Perhaps their faith was pointed in the wrong direction
In that moment, their faith was in the storm and its potential for destruction
Not in Jesus the Author and Finisher of their faith
When the storm calmed, the disciples were terrified and amazed
Who is this man? When he gives a command, even the wind and the waves obey
Jesus and His power were revealed in the midst of the storm
How often do we moan about a little sprinkle of rain in our lives?
The plumbing? The car? The washer died? Gas prices are sky-rocketing?
These are not big storms, just little problems—all can be fixed with money
What about the hurricanes that happen?
The scary diagnosis? The lost child? The senseless killing? Excruciating loss?
Where is Jesus in all this?
In the boat
Encouraging us to keep our eyes of faith firmly fixed on Him
And not in the rising water and gale-force winds
Rest and trust Him in the Eye of the Storm
Storms will come
Life is sometimes hard
Where is your faith?
Oxford Dictionary defines Eye of the Storm as the calm region at the center of a storm
In the center all is calm although all around is wind and rain