“Asleep but in control” Luke 8:22-25

“and while they were sailing he fell asleep.”

Luke 8:23

  Imagine the feeling you would have if the person you depended on fell asleep when you needed them the most. Imagine the feeling of being out of control knowing the person in charge seems to be fully unaware of impending disaster. When Jesus took a short trip with his disciples across a notoriously dangerous lake, he felt so secure that he fell fast asleep. Jesus knew the lake and Jesus knew his disciples, but most importantly Jesus had complete faith and trust in his God. Jesus had no problem sleeping, even in the midst of the storms of life that at times kick up out of nowhere. The power of God is so immense that with just a word the raging storms of life can be stilled; it is by this same power the universe was created and we were redeemed. When our full faith and trust is with God, we sleep well knowing that our God “neither slumbers nor sleeps. (Psalm 121:4) Wanting to be in control of all things can have devastating consequences for our temporal and eternal lives; when we fail to trust God we fail ourselves and those around us. The Disciples reacted to the storm with fear and panic; Jesus reacted to the storm with trust and faith. God calls each of us to “let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:5) When the storms of life are raging, and the weight of sin and trying to be in control is destroying your life and all you touch, it is time to just let “Jesus take the wheel, save me from the road I am on.” (Carrie Underwood) Step aside and in faith and trust; just give up trying to have all the answers. Allow the still small voice of God calm your fears and set free your soul to celebrate the joy of true faith. Jesus never denied that challenges would come our way, he just lets us know that in the midst of the storm, God is there and always will be, “even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)

Pastor Tom