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Luke 8:22-25, Rebuked

Key Verse

They went to him and woke him up, shouting, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ And he woke up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves; they ceased, and there was a calm. He said to them, ‘Where is your faith?’
— Luke 8:24-25a

RCL Daily Devotion for Saturday, July 27, 2019

RCL Daily Devotions written by R. Fergus Moir from RCL Worship Resources (see more).

“Rebuke” means to criticize sharply or reprimand. There are two rebukes in the story of Jesus calming the storm. First he rebukes the storm itself. Then he rebukes the disciples for their lack of faith.

I don’t do well with criticism. I tend to take it as an all-or-nothing condemnation. I would have heard Jesus’ words and immediately thought, “Oh well. Guess I’m not good enough to be Jesus’ disciple.” I mean, honestly! Can you blame the disciples for freaking out a little? Their boat was sinking for goodness sake!

Yet the disciples don’t seem to take Jesus’ rebuke as cause to throw up their hands and go home. Instead, they recognize in Jesus’ miraculous act that this is no run-of-the-mill itinerant preacher they’re following here. Jesus is something more. Something astonishing. Jesus’ rebuke just reinforces their desire to follow him.

It’s not the last time Jesus’ disciples’ lack of faith will come into play, not the last time they’ll fail him. But Jesus is not looking for perfect people to follow him. He’s looking for me. For you. For all the imperfect, broken people in all of creation. I need to hear in Jesus’ rebuke a call and a challenge. I need more faith. I’m not going to find it anywhere but with Jesus.

Gracious God, still my fears and call me to a closer walk with you. Amen.

 

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