Posted by: The Simple Guy | June 8, 2010

Our Lord’s Patience

A couple of days ago, my friend Tom put this post up on his blog about waiting on the Lord.  So that was in the back of my mind yesterday when we read the following passage during our family devotions:

Mat 8:23-27 ESV
(23)  And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him.
(24)  And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.
(25)  And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”
(26)  And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
(27)  And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”

I wonder what He was chastising them for.  Was it for being afraid of the storm, or for not waking Him sooner?

What would have happened had they let Him sleep?  Would they have all floated anyway and seen His power while He slept?

Last but not least, I wonder if the storm was a result of their fear.  Was He causing the storm to get worse as they trusted Him less and less?

These are the questions my mind ponders, to which I will not get answers this side of Heaven.

But this much is true:

He rules the storm, and He was at peace.  His peace should be enough for me.  The rest of my questions will just have to wait.

Your thoughts?




  1. Brother Craig,

    Faith, like most spiritual attributes is easy as long as it is just an abstract idea that we confess to hold to. The hard part comes when the storms of trouble and trials begin to beat upon us and our minds revert back to natural thinking and doubts. Then, when we are soaked to the bone and brought to the end of our selves, we are left to either drown in despair or cry out to the one whom we claim to believe is ruler of heaven and earth! Our professed faith must be tried and at times left, to feel alone for a moment, so that we can truly learn to trust and “wait upon the LORD”, and experience His sure faithfulness, that always comes, just in time!

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