In our text, the disciples find themselves in a terrible storm. Now many times storms catch us when we're not expecting them. This was probably true for the disciples, as this storm came even when Jesus was with them in the ship!
But in this story, Jesus reveals Himself as the God who is bigger that our storms. And I think our view of God is very important, because how we view God will determine how we view ourselves. And this morning I'm sure that all of us know that God is bigger than our storms, but if you're like me, you just sometimes need to be reminded. One thing is for sure in this story: The storm was not as big to Jesus as it was to the disciples! And even though the storm was above their head, it was still under His feet!
But wait a minute. In what way is God bigger than our storms? There are five principles in our text that answer this:I. His Intention Is Bigger Than Our Storm (Luke 8:22)
Jesus had a plan. And what was that plan? It was for Him and His disciples to make it to the other side of the lake. That was God's plan!
We as human beings have failed in our intentions, haven't we? Have you ever determined to help someone one day, but when all was said and done, you didn't help at all? Have you ever set out to do a good deed, only to end up not doing it? We have all failed in our intentions, but God has never failed in His intentions! God's plan cannot be thwarted! Phil. 1:6 says, "Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;"
Now we may never go through a literal storm on the Sea of Galilee, but we do go through various "storms of life." Your storm may be when someone you love dearly dies unexpectedly, and you don't understand it. It may be when your job is not going the way you need it to go. It could be when you feel betrayed by those you love and no one understands your heartache. Our storm can be when life has us so confused, we don't know where to turn or what to do. It may even be when Satan whispers in your ear, "It's no use, it will never work. You may as well give up."
What can we do when heartache comes knocking on our door and we feel overcome by despair or bound by a feeling of hopelessness? We start by realizing that God has a plan, and His plan is greater than our feelings! And His intention is bigger than any storm!
I don't understand it all. I don't fully understand why I've got a speech impediment. But I'm glad for one thing. I'm glad that I know that God has a plan for me, and that His plan for me is bigger than any storm I'll ever experience! Do you believe that?II. His Interpretation Is Bigger Than Our Storm (Luke 8:23)