April 10, 2013 By Lu Paradise — 34 total views
Many people have a problem with God in that He seems aloof, or doesn’t seem to care, in general that He is a mystery, a hidden God who doesn’t show Himself. That’s one reason why many people refuse to believe in Him! Of course IF He would show himself, you wouldn’t have to believe anymore, as you then would know by sight! Is God asleep?
One day when evening had come, Jesus, dead tired of a day of healing people and ministering to them, said to his disciples, “Let us cross over to the other side of the sea.”
At least four of his disciples were experienced fishermen and sailors, and had their own boats.
When they had sent away the multitude, they took him into the ship. It must have been a good size ship as it says, “There were also with him other little ships.” While they were crossing the lake, Jesus was sleeping on a pillow in the stern of the boat. Gradually a fierce storm arose, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.
Have you ever tried to sleep on a rocking boat? You have to hold on to something or you going to get thrown. That’s why I seriously wonder, when the ship had filled up with water, how much sleep Jesus was really getting anymore. By the time the boat was almost sinking, they were probably yelling and shouting at each other over the noise of the storm, thunder, and crashing waves.
It wouldn’t surprise me that Jesus was holding on by his fingernails to his precarious resting place in that heaving boat on a wild lake, trying to keep still and his eyes closed. So what was he waiting for?
When the ship had filled up with water, and was about to sink, finally one of them couldn’t stand it any longer and dared to wake up their tired Lord. He figured they were going to drown!
38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awoke him, and said to him, “Master, don’t you care that we perish?”
39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still.” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
40 And he said to them, “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?
41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to each other, “What kind of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”
Now, why did He say that, “How is it that ye have no faith?”, or, as the Matthew 8 version of the event says, “Oh ye of little faith!”
26 And he said to 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.
He wondered where their faith was. What was he expecting from them? What did he want them to do to manifest their faith? Was he perhaps waiting for them to rebuke the wind and tell the sea to calm down? I doubt it.
Perhaps you say, well they knew that Jesus was on board, and he was the Lord, so it should have all turned out pretty good in the end, because he certainly wasn’t gonna die.”
But I think that by that time he was not sleeping much anymore, and was in fact waiting on them to manifest their faith, not by their own ability to deal with the storm and the angry sea, because they couldn’t. So faith in what!?
I think that during all that time while they were fighting the elements and the boat was filling up, he was waiting on them to show their faith by calling on His help! When the boldest among them at last approached and woke him up calling him, he wasn’t really asking for help, but virtually blamed the Lord for “not caring!”
“Master, don’t you care that we are perishing? What’s the matter with you, Lord!”
When they finally did wake him up, they blamed him! Isn’t that the attitude most of us humans have. We suffer, and thinking that God is sleeping we even blame him for not caring about us, instead of letting our suffering drive us to turn and call upon him to help us! And neither at the last moment!
Finally some of us get the “courage” to wake him up and yell at him, accusing him of “not caring!” How pitiful, how faithless! That is what most likely he meant, “You haven’t even called upon my help, and you are already blaming me for your perishing!”, “Oh, ye of little faith!”
Faith in themselves? No. Faith in him, in his love, in his compassion, in his total ability to save them to the uttermost! Finally when their self-confidence had worn off, when they couldn’t save themselves anymore, when they were going to die, and they woke him up… then he simply arose, rebuked the storm, and commanded the sea to calm down.
Which it did!
Is God sleeping? No way! He is aware of all your troubles, and is simply waiting on you to “wake him up” long before it gets too bad.
That’s why we wait so long and let it get so bad. Because we think in our pride and self-confidence that we can handle it all ourselves, whereas Jesus is there all the time inside of you, in your boat, and he loves to help you, but is actually waiting on you to call upon him! Because he normally won’t help until you call.
He said, “ASK! And ye shall receive! IF ye shall ask anything in my name, I will do it!”
Well, sometimes he even answers before we call him, as is written, “Before they call I will answer.” He is talking about his own children. The whole verse goes like this:
23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear. – (Isaiah 65)
Are you calling? Sure hope so. But make sure you are one of his! Just ask Him: “Please come into my heart and save my soul, and give me eternal life, In Jesus’ name, amen.”
And don’t let things get too bad in your pride and self reliance! Even if it seems that he is sleeping or that he isn’t there, as was the case when his friend Lazarus died in his absence. Still he was able to raise him from the dead afterwards!
And so “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall be saved!”
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