We spend years going to school and spend that time learning from our teachers. We look to them as knowledgeable and experienced. We trust their opinion. We may go to a trade school to learn a special skill. We expect that our trainer will teach the tricks of the trade. We want to walk away from any learning experience prepared to be able to do a job or handle life better. It should be the same thing in our spiritual life. We should go to “school” at Sunday School, Worship Services, Bible Studies, Discipleship classes, time with fellow Christians expecting to grow and learn and become better prepared for our lives and our walk with the Lord. The disciples spent 3 years with the greatest teacher there ever was. As a matter of fact, they called him the “Master”. They were learning from Him so that they could reach and teach others about God. Jesus could use anything to teach. He taught several lessons in Luke 8: 22-25.
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. 24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
I want to focus on just one of the lessons He taught while He was in this boat with the disciples. You might say they were silent instructions. Pay attention to what our master is doing when the storm hits. He is at peace and rest. He does not let the storm bother Him. He knows He can take care of it. The disciples on the other hand are beginning to panic. They know the storm is bad and they begin to fear they are going to drown. They seem to have forgotten who they were with. After all they were following Jesus, because they thought He was the Messiah. Yet here He was asleep. If they really believed that He was who they thought He was, they should have realized that the Messiah was asleep and not even bothered by the storm. That fact was a pretty big hint that it was probably all going to be ok.
This silent instruction from our Master is a pretty good one for us to pay attention to, as well. If we believe that we are now heirs of God and children of the King, then we should be confident that God will take care of us. We need not be afraid even when the worst storms roll in to our lives. God will calm the storm when it is time. We just have to have faith to ride the waves with Jesus.