Beginning today I will be talking more about the storms around us and in our lives. I will spread my thoughts for the remaining days in the week. My brothers and sisters with all that is happening around us today it makes us more concern of what is taking place in the heavens. Just as there was a preparation for the first coming, there will also be preparation for the second return. Let us turn to our scripture taken from Luke 8:22-26
22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.
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 points in our text that answer this, which I will love to show you:
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;” This is my hope that is keeping me from giving up. Your intentions may be good but if you don’t follow through with it those intentions were bad to start with. How can you give up on God? What has gone so bad in your storm that you ran away from God. Are you serious? Your Jesus is just a touch away call Him or just move over and touch Him with your infirmities. Your storms may be above you but they are under His feet.
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.” There are so many things that happen before our eyes and we will never know why. But God is bigger than all that come our way. With Jesus in our lives we can smile at the storms.
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? Yes, I do believe and I am willing to follow. Sometimes I don’t see the time to write an email, but God has a plan. I don’t know how I do it and how I find the time to fulfill this purpose and I discovered that God has a plan. Hallelujah where there is a will there is a way.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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