Those who name His Name should have an understanding confidence in Him that in any crisis they are the reliable ones. O. Chambers.
In times of crisis, significant need, disillusionment, or confusion, what’s my response? How am I known to those in my sphere of influence? Would I be considered one of the reliable ones? Do others have me on speed dial when the boat they’re in begins to sink because I’m just that steadfast and unfailing?
“Pay no mind to those waves of life’s circumstances sweeping over you, buddy. Give Mary a call. She’ll remain calm, she’ll come through.”
“Yes, indeed. My trust is in Jesus!” I might hail triumphantly, swinging a fist right to left across my chest.
Until a glance over my shoulder finds my Jesus…what’s this?! Snoozing? In the midst of a furious storm?
Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. Matthew 8:24
Depending on my response to the storms of life, I might justifiably be removed from The Reliable Ones club membership.
At times, the disciples were far from reliable…
The disciples went and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (vs 25)
Not, “Lord, You’re sovereign over this thing. So, are we going to drown?”
Or, “Lord, save us! We have reason to believe we just might drown!”
Either of these responses would have suggested the existence of even a small measure of faith. It only takes a mustard-seed-sized bit of the stuff to move mountains (Matthew 17:20) and is guaranteed to work on storm-calming, too.
He (Jesus) replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves and it was completely calm. Matthew 8:26
Too often my default response has been to turn to the oft-repeated practice of panic prayers. Or, worse, to succumb to panic without prayers…and looking an awful lot like the disciples who, in the very presence of the storm’s Creator, basically freaked out.
Our trust is in God up to a certain point, then we go back to the elementary panic prayers of those who do not know God. O. Chambers.
I desire to be known as one of God’s reliable ones, to be the one in the boat who’s raising holy hands in prayer, unflinching beneath the stinging rain against my face. Or even fluffing a pillow so that I may rest beside Jesus. Because if The Reliable One isn’t losing sleep in the midst of the storm, then there’s no reason for me to, either.
If, in the midst of my own storm, I’ve been a little less than reliable, I know God always, always is. Even when His eyes are shut.
The crisis will reveal that we will go to the breaking point and not break in our confidence in Him. O. Chambers.