One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So, they got into a boat and started out. As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped, and all was calm. Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?” The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!”” (Luke 8:22–25, NLT)
Today’s text (Luke 8:16-25) covers several important topics. But I believe the most important topic covered is addressed by Jesus in the last verse of our text. After several lectures on faith and then a real-life test of faith through a storm at sea, Jesus asked His disciples this all-important question, “Where is your faith?”
This question is very relevant to us today as well, especially as we are facing this current virus pandemic. What or who are you trusting in? Where do you find the confidence to face the fears in your life? We all have things that threated our existence. We all have fears. How do you deal with your fears?
The real cause of the disciple’s lack of faith when they found their lives threatened was, they didn’t know Who they had in their boat. Do you know who is in your boat with you? Knowing the presence and power of Jesus makes all the difference in the world.
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So, he is first in everything.” (Colossians 1:15–18, NLT)