I’ve never been in a storm at sea and that’s just fine! I’ve heard the stories. That’s enough. Like the ship, some years ago, that was making a voyage from England to New York. One night, at a time when most of the passengers were sleeping, the ship was hit suddenly by a storm. The wind and the waves were so bad that at one point they tipped the ship almost on its side, and down below, passengers were thrown out of their beds.
In one cabin, a little girl was thrown out of her bed like everyone else. Her mother had already been awakened by the storm. There was one thing different though about this particular passenger - her daddy was the captain! Sleepy, she asked her mom the only thing she really wanted to know, “Is daddy on deck?” Her mom said, “Well yes he is, honey.” The little girl’s response was right to the point, “Then I’m going back to bed.”
In Matthew 8:5-13, we find a story of a centurion, a man of authority, who showed great faith in the Lord; And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him. And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.
The centurion, not feeling worthy enough to have Christ come into his home, answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou should come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. When Jesus heard [it], he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.
Matthew 8:13 concludes; And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, [so] be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. In this story there’s a powerful message of faith. It says that Jesus marveled…it was the kind of faith that amazes even the Savior!
Astonished! Why? Because Christ finally found a man who understood the connection between faith and authority. The centurion said, “I say something to my servants and they do it. I have total authority over them. But someone I care about is in a crisis I cannot handle, but you have total authority over this illness. Whatever You say to this illness, it will do.”
Faith is acknowledging the total authority of Jesus over any situation. That’s what the disciples couldn’t do in their storm. They acted as if Jesus did not have authority over the storm, but He did! He spoke to it like a parent would speak to a child…and “it was calm.”
Like a little girl blown around by a dangerous storm, all you need to know is if you’re “Elder Brother’s On Deck.” There’s nothing the Lord cannot handle, so you might as well go back to bed.
Brent M. Williams is an Information Design Manager and Instructional Designer, for Indy Interactive in Orem, Utah. He lives in Payson, Utah, where he serves as an assistant in the High Priest Group Leadership. Home Teaching is a MUST!
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