All in the Same Boat?

Pastor Craig Moore   5/25/2014

Pastor Craig Moore is the Senior Pastor at Life Assembly of God Church in Rapid City, SD

Mrs. Monroe was the mother of 8 children.  Her life was full and busy, just like any other mom who has multiple children.  

She came home one afternoon from the grocery store & walked into her home.  

Everything looked pretty much the same, though it was unusually quiet for a household of 8 children. She looked into the middle of the living room and five of her 8 were sitting in a circle, doing something in the middle.  

So she put down the sacks of groceries and walked over to get a better look.  She looked down into the circle to find that her 5 darling children were quietly playing with five of the cutest little skunks that you could imagine. Instantly terrified, she yelled, "Run, children, Run!"  Each child grabbed a skunk and ran in five different directions.  She was beside herself and screamed louder. It so scared the children that each one squeezed their skunk.  Did you know that skunks don't like to be squeezed?  Time to call my good friends Jay & Liz at Oder Eliminators!   

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. 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. 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.  "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." 

It is such a paradox to see, in the same boat, the disciples afraid for their lives and Jesus asleep.  Though they were all in the same boat, they were not "All in the same boat", if you know what I mean.   

The disciple’s knowledge was limited and Jesus' was not.  Their point of reference was saying, "the storm is raging. We have lost control and we are gonna die!"  So, PANIC! 

Jesus had full understanding. "Nothing is impossible with God! It's completely under control!"  So just Trust Him & Stay Calm!  

Jesus said to the disciples, "Where is your faith?"  The test of our faith is when the storm comes; when everything you are used to hanging on to is blown away.   

One thing I've learned is that Life ain't easy!  When life blows your world upside down and the waves come crashing into your little boat, and messes up your world, Jesus wants to be your rock!  He wants to help you to see what He sees, He wants to give you His confidence & His Spirit of Peace.   

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.  I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.​ - John 14:27​ 

​Notice it says "Do not let your heart be troubled..."​  It is our choice.  We can choose to trust in the God who calms the storm.  The God who has all this peace to give, or we can choose to panic and take it all on ourselves.  But... How foolish is that?  If we are aware that God is in control of our situation, and that there is nothing that He cannot do, doesn't it seem a bit foolish for us to try to take it on ourselves?   

So chill out!   Don't Panic!  Just surrender your storm, your stuff, your stress, your situation to Jesus!  He can calm any storm!  

May God Bless Your Socks Off!

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