Only Jesus knows how to calm and guide you through the storms in your life…
The Sea of Galilee is noted for sudden, violent storms that whip it into a churning froth.
Winds sweep down the valley of the Jordan from the north, picking up speed in the narrow gorge.
When they hit the Sea, it becomes extremely unsafe for navigation.
On this occasion, Jesus was crossing from the west side to the east.
When the storm broke, He was asleep in the boat.
The terrified disciples awoke Him with frantic pleas for help.
It is to their credit that they went to the right Person.
After rebuking the winds and the waves, Jesus rebuked His disciples for their puny faith.
When a great calm descended, the men marveled that even the elements obeyed their humble Passenger.
How little they comprehended that the Creator and Sustainer of the universe was in the ship that day!
All disciples encounter storms sooner or later. At times it seems we are going to be swamped by the waves.
What a comfort to know that Jesus is in the boat with us.
“No water can swallow the ship where lies the Master of ocean and earth and skies.”
The thrashing sea became like glass.
Anyone would be afraid in a similar situation.
Yet, after Jesus commanded the storm to cease, He asked the disciples why they feared, why they failed to trust Him to care for them.
No one can quell life’s storms like the Lord Jesus.
Jesus also has the power to calm the storms in your life.
So whatever you’re going through in life, just remember that God is always there with you, to guide you through it, and bring you to the other side.
SELAH (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
Wednesday, Dec 07
Faith it Daily
“LORD, JUST GET ME THROUGH THIS STORM.”
“He replied, ‘You of little faith, why are you so afraid?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.”
— Matthew 8:26
You know, there’s a story in Scripture about a storm.
A time when a boat was rocking amidst the wind and waves, and a begging question was asked to the Savior.
“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping.
The disciples went and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!’ ”
The thing that sticks out to me here is that the Savior was right there.
He was there with the others while the storm was taking place.
He was not ignorant to the wind and the waves. He was present.
Still it stormed.
Since He was God in flesh, I have to believe He knew the storm was coming—yet He did not exercise his miraculous powers to prevent it.
Still—He was present—there as the storm began to rage.
As the waves threatened to overtake the boat, His disciples seemed to release a desperate plea a lot like mine— “Lord, save us!” And the Savior did. Because that’s what He does.
As we face the hard storms of life, the cloudy dark moments—the times when we think we won’t possibly make it through—we are tempted to think He has forgotten us, left us all alone here–BUT He hasn’t.
As the storm rages around you, remember God is there, too.
Pray with Us
Dear God, thank you for being with me even when the storm is raging. In Jesus’ name. Amen
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