Summary: Even in areas where we are confident, we are completely vulnerable. Our only real security comes through a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
Helpless With What We Do Best
1. Applying for a job today is a science. Here are a few bloopers from job applications and resumes.
• Application: How large was the department you worked in with your last company? “A: 3 stories.”
• A resume listed a skill as “being bi-lingual in three languages”
• Background: “28 dog years of experience in sales (four human).”
• In the section that read “Emergency Contact Number” she wrote “911.”
2. Sometimes people are not very good at what they think is an area of expertise.
3. In reality, our “quality” is relative in any area; we compare to others.
4. But, compared to God’s grandeur, our best and worst are not that far apart.
5. Yet we pride ourselves and find security in our abilities, abilities that cannot provide us with the security or significance we crave.
Main Idea: Even in areas where we are confident, we are completely vulnerable. Our only real security comes through a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
I. A Simple Journey Turns DANGEROUS (35-38)
A. The disciples found DANGER in their area of expertise (35)
1. “leaving the crowds”
2. disciples “take him along” – they were sailors, Jesus a builder
3. sailing on the sea was their area of expertise, their area of pride;they were in their area of strength
4. “…just as he was” -- Exhausted, drained, a spontaneous decision
5. Jesus not just a functionary, but a man; he remained God, but set aside the use of his divine prerogatives… [God became a man]
B. MANY people were in danger (36)
C. A storm AROSE (37)
We do not have to pass verdicts as to what God causes and what Satan causes
From the human perspective, things happen; ultimately all with God’s permission
Ecclesiastes 9:11, “ Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all.”
D. Jesus was not disinterested, but EXHAUSTED (38)
E. The disciples REBUKE Jesus with a question (38b)
1. Applications about rebuking his DIVINE nature
• We too often feel we must rebuke the Lord
• Job did; he did not like what God was allowing…but was faithful
• We too often dislike what God allows…
2. Applications about rebuking his HUMAN nature
• We can learn something about our dissatisfaction with others…situaiton
• Our experiences not the standard: disciples were tired, but not like Jesus was
• They thought the worst rather than the best (assigning motives)
• Is it good to make excuses for people? Sometimes, (esp. if good track record)
II. Jesus SILENCES and TRUMPS His Critical Disciples (39-41)
A. The disciples were masters of sailing, but Jesus is MASTER of all
B. He REBUKES the wind and sea (39)