By Pr Isaiah White
Christianity is not a works-based religion, but a faith movement. Christians act by faith, not by sight.
The activities of Christianity are faith-inspired and not necessarily influenced by the evidence this world (science) provides.
The problem with natural science is that reality is what is tangible, felt, and seen; so, whatever cannot be tangibly accessed and assessed is not a reality, and therefore non-existent.
This kind of worldview is a limited perspective of life and is practically anti-God. The worldview indirectly dismisses the existence of God because He is not seen or touched.
However, a proper Bible study exhibits the fact that historically, God has addressed the question of the scientist with the resolution of incarnation.
What the world had in Jesus Christ was not just the Son of God (second-high ranking officer of the Godhead), but God Himself.
The term incarnation stands for the state of a spiritual deity taking on a physical human form. The term simply means ‘to take on flesh’.
When Christian Theology teaches incarnation, it is reminding the whole world that the God who was once invisible and physically inaccessible, became physically visible and accessible (according to the New Testament).
The records of the Old Testament presented an invisible God and one who we could not easily access (Exodus 33:20, Job 9:11, Genesis 32:22-30, Exodus 24:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:17).
In the New Testament, we have two of the greatest miracles in the history of the world: the incarnation of God and the resurrection of God.
The incarnation of God was predicted by the Old Testament prophets about the virgin birth (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 7:14; 9:6, Matthew 1:22-23).
In the New Testament, the disciples attest to a God they saw, heard, and handled with their hands, and this was the God from the beginning (1 John 1:1-3).
In the Gospel of John, we are told that the God who is the Word and Creator of the world is the very one who became flesh (incarnation) and dwelt among us (John 1:1-3, 14).
Apostle Paul wrote in 1Timothy 3:16: “Jesus appeared in the flesh, was vindicated by the Spirit, was seen by the Angels, was preached among nations, was believed on in the world, and was taken up in glory.”
Jesus was God Himself in the flesh; the same God was sleeping in the boat which was hit by the storm.
Naturally God never sleeps, but when He is in a sleeping skin (human nature), He sleeps (Hebrews 2:14).
A sleeping God
“Now it happened, on a certain day that He got into a boat with His disciples. And He said to them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.”
And they launched out. But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in jeopardy.
And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?”
And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” (Luke 8:22-25).
This month, we learn of a God who sleeps amid our storm. The gesture of sleeping amidst a storm demonstrates the difference between our perception of danger and His.
The Word of God says in Isaiah 55:8 that His thoughts are not our thoughts and His ways are not our ways.
Just because you are bothered by the storm does not mean your God is bothered as well.
The storm might be bigger and stronger than you, but a sleeping God in your boat is bigger and mightier than your storm. In other words, your storm is not His storm.
We are also taught that storms will hit even the boats where God is.
Being hit by problems does not mean God is absent; it means in this world, anything and anyone with or without God is a target.
A Christian life ought to be like this boat. It must be a boat filled with disciples and God Himself.
The disciples in such a life ought to be struggling against the storm, but they should be endeavoring to raise and wake God up against this storm.
This is the first thing we learn from this event.
The writer is a life coach and pastor.
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