STORM STEADYING VOICE
23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marvelled, saying,“Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
In these days there is need, like never before for a steady voice.
By a ‘steady’ voice I mean the kind of voice that expresses a steady heart-and-hand in steering the ship through the narrow gap between rocky waters, without making shipwreck.
The only steady hand we can completely trust and rely on is the hand of God. The hand of Jesus in the boat – to rest His way through the storm.
The storm is only something that can drown or kill in the natural world. But the natural wind and sea obey Him.
So for Him there is no stormy-sea problem in your natural emotion He cannot calm.
But for us no one can boast of the storms of life being ‘water off a duck’s back’ – far from it, we are prone to panic, to discouragement, and to becoming overwhelmed, just like the early disciples.
We are just made that way. The lower nature has made us that way. The storms of life provoke all kinds of reactions. Born out of fear and panic and hurt.
So as we look for a man to steady the ship and to show us the way – we cannot find one.
No man except the one of whom it was said – ‘no man ever spoke like this man…’. The man Christ Jesus. (John 7/46).
There are mature strong leaders in the church. Proven men of calibre, who have weathered many storms and having done-all-to-stand – are still standing.
But many have fallen under the storm of temptation, or failure, or persecution, or pleasure.
No one can set the sinless example that alone will give us complete confidence in them.
The preachers too need to hear the sermon.
The preacher delivering God’s message, must in turn listen to God.
The congregation need to honour the message, if it is in line with the words of the Son of God.
Taking the bible-based words as a word from God, and not from man.
As we honour the preacher so we must honour his audience.
But we must reserve our worship for God alone, and not for His servants, because His servants are encompassed with infirmity, like all humans. (Hebrews 5/2)
We might say that anyone with ‘half a brain’ can see the increase of chaos and darkness on the face of the earth, working through man’s nature.
As soon as someone stands for the ways of Christ – they seek to discredit him and look for ways in which to catch him out – and brand him a fake, because he preaches Christ. Just like they did to the King of Kings Himself.
…And they send unto him certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch him in his words. (Mark 12//13)
Pray for ‘Great Grace’ in these days – the church needs it!
And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. (Acts 4/32)