On: February 15, 2015 | By: admin | Under: Blog | Comments: Comments are off
One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Luke 8:22-25
A familiar story here; and a familiar lesson to learn – bring your troubles to Jesus and He will calm the storm you find yourself in … although, in my experience, the resolution is never as quick or clear cut as in this episode.
One word jumps out at me, as I re-read the passage: “rebuked”. Jesus rebuked the elements, as if they were children behaving badly at table when an elderly aunt has come for afternoon tea. I’m not sure there is any intrinsically moral aspect to Jesus’ rebuke of the wind and waves here – “naughty wind, behave yourself!”
Is there a suggestion in this instance, however, that Jesus had discerned that evil forces had taken hold of the weather? I don’t think we can say that this would apply to any weather that isn’t convenient – praying for dry weather for my country holiday may interfere with the farmer’s cry for rain as his crop grows. But at a crucial point in the disciples’ growing understanding of who Jesus was, and the radically different approach to life He was ushering in, the devil might have thought it was an irresistible opportunity to cause a bit of mayhem.
Do you believe that the devil exists and is active? I have no doubt that he exists and has power to stir up troubles, just as Jesus does to calm them. He can and does do the same in my life – if I would but see it. In this story, rather than disrupt the disciples progress, though, he actually creates an opening for a fresh revelation of Jesus’ divine power – he scores an own goal.
Will you and I experience similar reversals in our lives if we learn to discern Satan’s hand and call on Jesus’ name?
Lord Jesus, I stand in awe at Your power over all things. It shouldn’t surprise, as Creation is Yours. Please, activate my discernment to see the battle that swirls around me that I might call on Your name to enable Your will to be done in my life. Amen.