Wake Up Jesus
Sometimes in our
life the storm rages and in that time we realize at many times we have
taken Jesus for granted. We have in words, put him to sleep to wait till
we need him. I think today in this day and time we need to wake up the
Jesus in our life continually day after day.
In Luke 8:22-25,
Matthew 8:23-27 and Mark 4:35-41 it tells of a storm.. These men knew
they had the master on board but took it for granted there would be no
storm they couldn't handle.
It had been a tiring day for the Lord and he was exhausted. He was in
human form and spirit, he needed rest just like we do. He needed to get
away from the crowd , even though he loved them, he needed a break. He
laid down and went into a deep sleep. We know as the story goes the sea
tossed the ship back and forth so hard the men on the ship were afraid.
Jesus did not wake up, he had no fear of the storm, he knew the Father.
So deep was his sleep the storm did not disturb him. To the fishermen
the storm was so real they knew they were going to die. The sleep of
Jesus was of a clear conscience and a pure heart. My understanding was
in reading about this storm, it came suddenly and was larger than all
the storms they had ever came through. Not thinking how could they
perish with the Savior on board, they were thinking of themselves. But
at once as He heard the cry, "Master, "Master, he awaken
knowing the distress they were in. As the son of man he slept but as the
Son of God he woke up and acted. He knew he had the power over the wind
the rain, the storm. He also has control over the storms in our life.
When the winds come against you and the storm rages "Wake up
Jesus", call on his name, just say, Master, Master. He will awaken
to you now as he did to the fishermen then.
Jesus is always
there, he's always awake waiting on you to wake him up in your life.
Jesus did not shout at the storm, he simply rebuked it, "He said,
Be still". That was all it took, he spoke to the storm as if there
were someone or something inside the storm that needed to be bound or
stopped. Sometimes we forget we have that same power that Jesus
had to rebuke the storms and when we do forget we have the power, call
upon him, the one that is in control. But be careful for after Jesus
rebuked the storm He also rebuked his disciples for not having faith. He
asked them, "why are you afraid, where is your faith? Can any evil
befall you as long as I am near? Then in one he said, "O ye of
little faith. Jesus knew they had some faith, but not enough to handle a
storm that big. But some people say that it was the devil
thinking this was his chance to destroy Jesus since he was asleep
on the boat. But what the devil didn't know was even when Jesus is
asleep he is the Almighty, the Son of God and has power. As we in
this life sail across to the other side, remember He is ever present in
our life and ever awake, it is the power within us that is asleep. When
you are rocked back and forth in the storm just cry "Jesus,
save me I perish", he will be there.
Inspired by a message by
Evangelist Sheila Stanley.
© By Harriett Dash 2003