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eManna[Having Faith in the Midst of Storms (1)]

Having Faith in the Midst of Storms (1)

Bible Verses

Luke 8:22 And on one of the days He and His disciples got into a boat. And He said to them, Let us go over to the other side of the lake. And they launched out. (23) And while they were sailing, He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down upon the lake, and they began to fill with water and were in danger. (24) And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, Master, Master, we are perishing! And being awakened, He rebuked the wind and the surging of the water, and they ceased, and there was a calm. (25) And He said to them, Where is your faith? And they became frightened and marveled, saying to one another, Who then is this, that He orders even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?

Words of Ministry

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According to the New Testament, faith is always based on the word of the Lord. If we did not have a word from the Lord, we would not have any basis for our faith. The Lord's word produces faith. What was the word given to the disciples by the Lord in this instance? It was the word, recorded in verse 22: "Let us go over to the other side of the lake." Since the Lord had spoken this word, certainly He would fulfill it.

Since the disciples had both the Lord's word and His presence, they should have been at peace, not caring about the storm. The Lord had told them to go to the other side of the lake, and the Lord was with them in the boat. They should not have been frightened by the storm.

Our trouble as today's followers of the Lord is that when a storm comes we often forget the Lord's word. Furthermore, instead of looking at the Lord, we may look at the storm. We all need to learn that whenever we are on a journey following the Lord and a storm arises, we should look at the sleeping Lord and not at the storm. We should not care for the storm- we should care for the Lord's word. The Lord always fulfills His word. Hence, when He tells us to go over to the other side, we may be sure that we shall reach the other side, no matter what kind of storms may come.
[Continued tomorrow]