Luke 8: Faith in the Plan
Jesus calming the storm is very popular story, but upon reading it this time in Luke 8, it stood out to me in a little different way than it had previously.
Luk 8:22 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.
Luk 8:23 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.
Luk 8:24 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.
Luk 8:25 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.
I wonder why Jesus said that they had little faith. After all, they were nervous which I think would be a rather normal reaction, but Jesus chastised them for having little faith. I wonder what they did not have very much faith in. For example, when Jesus said He was going to heal someone and there were people who doubted, it seems to make sense to say that they had little faith. This situation seems to be a little bit different.
However, I’m not sure that it is very much different. Notice that Jesus was the one who made the plans. Maybe that was what Jesus was talking about. Because Jesus put them in a particular situation by suggesting the boat ride, there was no reason to be afraid. They were following the will of Jesus, and we know that that is what we’re supposed to do as Christians anyway.
It seems to me that Jesus was referring to little faith that He knew what He was talking about. Maybe they thought that the storm caught Him by surprise. Storms catch us by surprise. However, when God has a plan for us and explicitly points that out, the bumps in the road are not going to be a surprise to Him.