In the last few posts, we went through some of the parables of Jesus concerning the Word of God in us. We saw how to plant it, cultivate it, and eventually see the manifestation of God’s Kingdom as a result. As soon as He explains these parables, the Lord gives His disciples a vivid demonstration.
That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
This is a perfect illustration of hearing and obeying the voice of the Holy Spirit (the Word of God). Jesus was asleep when the storm came up. The boat was full of water. They were all minutes from drowning.
There was no time for Jesus to fast and pray about the problem. There were no friends He could call to pray for Him. It was a “hear from God or die” situation.
Through His intimacy with the Father, Christ had sensitized Himself to hear the voice of the Spirit. This was true even in a stress-filled moment.
He talked to the wind and the waves. The fact is that you don’t speak to inanimate objects unless you’ve heard from God. He had the assurance, before He spoke, that it would have an effect.
That’s why we need to plant the Word in our lives. We need to keep the good soil of our hearts free from rocks and weeds. Then we have the fruit of the Word when we need it.
Even a fool knows that you don’t wait until you want a salad to plant a garden. You always plant with the expectation of a future harvest. In this case, Jesus needed the harvest of the Word at that moment. Because the Lord spent time in the Father’s presence, the power was there when needed.
This should be an example to us. Without spending quality time with the Holy Spirit, we won’t have a sensitivity to the Spirit’s voice. A relationship is only matured over time.
Too often I’ve seen disappointed Christians try to do what Jesus did. They spoke to a situation, and nothing changed. They get frustrated, angry, and disillusioned with the Lord.
The problem is that you can’t walk out in this type of faith without hearing from God. You have to get to know how He speaks to you. Then you need a track record of obedience to what you hear. The disciples found that out the hard way.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”
They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
They missed the whole point, just like us sometimes. Jesus clearly was saying that they could have handled the storm just like He did. They came to the conclusion that Jesus was somehow different than they were.
Yes, He is the Son of God. But He limited Himself to operating as a man under the Holy Spirit’s direction. If we’re hearing and obedient, we should be doing the same works that the Lord did.
I believe that this is where the Lord is taking His church in our generation. If we’re willing to spend the time learning to listen for His voice.
Question: How often do you spend in the spirit, listening for the Lord to speak to you?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi