Jesus had just finished teaching, healing the sick, and casting out demons. The large crowd overwhelmed Him. He was tired, and He needed a break. So, He encouraged His disciples to crossed on the other side of the lake.
The Bible said,” Jesus got into the boat and began sailing across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm developed. And the strong waves were breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples were fearful for their lives. So they went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You are men with weak faith!” Then He got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and immediately the waves receded.
The disciples were perplexed. “Who is this, man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him” (Matthew 8:23-27).
The disciples had been with Jesus for a long time, still yet did not know Him. Even though they had seen Him cast out demons and healed the sick, yet they did not trust Him. Do you?
The story of the lost son/the prodigal son, which Jesus told in Luke 15:11-32, painted a picture of repentance and forgiveness. I learned the story in Sunday school class at a young age. And during that time and now, one must have read and heard the story read a million times.
Recently, I read a blog post on the popular website patheos.com titled: Lost Truths: What the Prodigal Son Mean. The author claimed the parable was misnamed, and it’s neither about forgiveness nor repentance. He also stated that the parable is an antisemitic allegory gone wild. I have never heard such nonsense and misinterpretation of the gospel.
You may read the full post below: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/messyinspirations/2019/09/lost-meaning-prodigal-son-revealed/
Apostle Peter, under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, reminds us that we are sojourners and pilgrims in this world. In other words, all of us need a tour guide to help us navigate this wretched place.
Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.1 Peter 2:11 KJV Bible Gateway
Our shepherd, (Jesus), knows that we cannot survive this place. So, He came to guide us out. His mission is to restore our soul. And He was the only person The Father found worthy for the job. He has the right vision, and he knows the right direction.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.John 14:6 KJV Bible Gateway
Sometimes I get goose pimples when I look back at where I was before I met Christ and compare it to where I am now. My life has changed so much that I often wondered why I waited so long to follow the savior. Even so, It has been a long journey with lots of ups and downs, but I would not trade it for anything else.
As I get deeper into my journey, I have learned that God’s favor toward men comes in parcels. Sometimes they are big; other times they are so small one can hardly recognize them. And that is where a lot of Christians lose faith and stumble. We fail to thank God for small mercies because we set our sights on the big shiny things. And when those things do not materialize, we blame God.
I did not choose to follow Christ because I expect him to rain mana down on me. I followed Him because He was the only one that was willing to give me a second chance. He opened His arms and said: “come.” And I yield His call. I am glad I did because I did not know I was a dead man walking until I met Him.
Where do you take disappointments?
You have shared them with relatives, friends, and neighbors. But, you have never taken them to God.
In his letter to the Jewish Christians dispersed outside of Palestine, James, a servant of and brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, wrote:
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms,” James 5:13.NKJV-Bible Gateway
Before you go anywhere else with your troubles and disappointments, go to God.
Perhaps, you do not want to bother God with your cares. You think he has got enough wars and famines in the world to tend to; he will not have time to care about your hurts. If that is your mindset, then I think you should let him decide.
There is no doubt in my mind that if Jesus cared so much about a wedding that He provided the wine; cared so much about a centurion dying servant that he healed him; and cared so much about Cornelius, that He sent Peter to minister to Cornelius, then, He cares for you too.
Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.1 Peter 5:7 NKJV-Bible Gateway