Part II of Religion Politics and Faith
Wind and Wave Obey Jesus (NKJV)
On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side.” 36 Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. 37And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him,”Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
39 Then 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 But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” 41 And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!” (also Matt 8:23-27; Luke 8:22-25)
Isn’t that just like us? Who cannot identify with that? We see the storms raging all around us, and in desperation basically we ask, do You not care that we are perishing? — Do You not know? But Jesus calmed the wind and sea and asked them “why are you so fearful?” And then He asks why they have no faith? They have Jesus with them in the boat, yet are afraid when the storm rages. That should be a lesson to us. Jesus is nearer than we think and we should not fear the storm when it comes. But we do. These were the disciples. He had to remind them of faith. Just as they were in survival mode, they needed to keep faith.
When I hear the talk that Christians are questioning belief in God or that fewer people today do not question God, it rings a bell. It pours salt and lemon juice in the cut, but He is still with us. Even though we are in survival mode.
We need to keep our faith held to the Rock when the waves crash around us. Those who get it see this as both a wake up call to their faith and a call to action. I was thinking there is a word for a time when Christians disappear, it’s called the rapture. So are these secular intellectuals suggesting they believe in that? No, hardly; though one day they may get their wish and have their self-serving prophecy delivered. But it may not be the paradise they thought it would be.
These academic critics can believe in this prophecy of a study — or study impersonating a prophecy. People have been predicting things for centuries, how much of it comes true? How accurate are their forecasts? I would not put my faith in a study or prediction over what God revealed to us. It just doesn’t make sense. On the other hand, if we accept all these predictions and studies as gospel then we still have a lot to learn.
I can almost hear people calling, “Do You not care that we are perishing?”