God Is NOT Dead! Just Asleep
Job 38:1-11 & 16-18
June 25, 2000
MAY THE WORDS OF MY MOUTH ... AND THE MEDITATIONS OF ALL
OUR HEARTS ... BE ALWAYS ACCEPTABLE TO YOU --- OUR STRENGTH AND
OUR REDEEMER AMEN
Think about all the Bible stories you know ... some of them are favorites because they are so charming -- so comforting. Others are favorites because they challenge us -- we know they contain interesting and important teachings for our daily lives.
Ask yourself though -- which Bible story best reflects your life? Which story, when you hear it again, makes you want to shout out -- "That's my life!" ......... hmmmm?
For me, most of the time, it is this gospel lesson. The disciples .. people who are trying to follow Jesus ... trying to learn more about Jesus. They don't know Him very well yet. They don't know much about Him just yet. They are not sure exactly what will happen in the future. ... but they are willing to take a chance.
The disciples ... told by Jesus to do something slightly crazy ... to set out into an unpredictable sea, in a tiny and unreliable boat ... and to set out as darkness is falling. These are sailors! They know better than to do that! But they want very much to follow Jesus so they do as He instructs.
And He is instructing them to do something even more wrong. Setting sail in the dark is somewhat crazy -- maybe even stupid. But to sail over to the Gentile village on the other side will make them ritually unclean. As good Jewish men, they have been taught all their lives not to do just that.
But Jesus tells them to .. tells them to set sail .. tells them to go to the foreign, dangerous territory .. so they do. After all, this is the teacher. This is the person they have decided to follow.
So they do as they are told ... and a great storm hits them.
They are attacked from every side. Instead of finding the peace of God they find their very lives i ...
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