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Calming the Storm

Luke 8:22-25

Sermon Notes

The Circumstances of the Storm

“he said”

  • Obedience to Jesus led them into the storm
    • Trials are not necessarily the result of disobedience
    • Obedience may lead to trials (the Apostle Paul)
    • Disobedience may lead to trials (Jonah)

“a windstorm came up”

  • God providentially caused the storm (Psalm 107:25)
    • Trials in our lives are not just allowed by God
    • God brings trial to accomplish His purposes

“Master, Master . . .”

  • The disciples displayed both reliance and doubt
    • Seasoned fisherman turned to a carpenter in the face of a storm
    • They question His concern for their well-being
  • It’s possible to believe in Jesus’ power without trusting in His love or wisdom

The Calming of the Storm

“rebuked the wind”

  • rebuked means he took charge of it
  • Jesus did not pray and ask the Father to do this — He did it Himself

“raging wave” –> “calm”

  • There is nothing in the physical world as unmanageable as severe weather
  • Jesus subdued it with three words

After the Storm

a call to “faith”

  • Faith should have been the response during the trial
  • God’s faithfulness during our trials builds our faith

“they were afraid”

  • Understanding the scope of His power will produce healthy fear
  • A correct view of God helps to create a correct relationship with God 

“they marveled”

  • God is glorified in times of trial
  • The ultimate purpose of all things is God’s glory

Principles of Trials

  1. Obedience is as likely to result in trials as disobedience — but obedience is far better
  2. God controls the trials we experience
  3. God cares for us and does what’s best for us — and often that means a trial
  4. God brings trials into our lives to:
    1. Teach us to trust Him
    2. Cause us to grow in Him
    3. Bring Himself glory