THE WINDS AND DOCTRINE OF MAN
AND THE HUMAN HEART
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.Pro 4:23
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.Eph 4:13
…Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
Jesus had just performed a miraculous feeding of above five thousand, with five Barley loaves and two small fish. When it was seen what Jesus had done, and what he was capable of doing, it was decided to take him forcefully, and make him a king. Seeing what was afoot, Jesus removed himself alone into a high mountain. When evening came, and Jesus was not to be found, the disciples entered a ship, left Tiberias, and headed for Capernaum, on the other side of the sea, on their own. Being about twenty or thirty furlongs off shore (roughly 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 miles), the winds began to blow, and the seas became very rough. Then the disciples saw Jesus coming to them, walking upon the water, and they were afraid, supposing they had seen a ghost. He told them not to be afraid, identified himself to them, and was received into the ship.
IMMEDIATELY, the ship was at the land they were headed for…
In the world, ships traverse the seas. In the scriptures, the seas are very often depicting humanity. Storms and wind driven rain can sink ships. Paul, in the book to the Ephesians, compares the doctrine and teaching, the imposed thinking of men, to winds.
It is a simple, but clear message. As we navigate the sea of humanity during our time of sojourning here, ours is not a vessel whose destination is defined by geography and where distinctions of humanity congregate, whether political distinctions, religious distinctions, social distinctions, or any other. Ours is a vessel whose destination is defined by, and fulfilled by who is on board with us.
The ability to walk upon a raging sea and not be concerned by it, is a matter of faith, as Peter learned if you read the account in John 6. In Ephesians, Paul shows us that it is very doable.