Charging Jesus with a Felony

Sometimes in the midst of the panic of our adverse circumstances, we have a habit of charging Jesus with a felony against us. It’s as if the Lord has perpetrated wickedness against us or has failed to care for us because He has allowed certain storms to rage in our lives. The disciples did this in the midst of the storm (Mark 4) when they aroused a sleeping Jesus with the charge,  “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” “You obviously don’t love us anymore because you’re not doing what we think you ought to do right now, Jesus.” “You must want us to die because we know you can do anything you want to do and you are not intervening in a timely manner.”

If he would have remained in His state of slumber for a while longer they likely would have begun to call on other gods to stop the storm and save them. Often when God does not deliver us immediately from our difficulty, we tend to turn to our own functional gods to help us cope with the storm.

Paul David Tripp says this, “So, if God is not on site, delivering what we want when we want it, our confidence in Him flags, and we tend to give our hearts to something else. One of the hardest things for sinners to do is wait.”

So, instead of casting our eyes on the storms in our lives to see if God loves us or not, we must cast our eyes to the greatest storm that Jesus ever stood up to, the storm of God’s Holy Wrath that was due to us for our sin. Jesus absorbed that wrath and paid our penalty because of LOVE. Then we can hang on to His Love until the storm passes.

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