New Testament Journey Day 34: Matthew 8:23-27. Jesus Calms the Storm”
Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.” – Matthew 8:23-27
Although the disciples had witnessed many miracles, they panicked in this storm. As experienced sailors, they knew it’s danger; what they did not know was that Christ could control the forces of nature. We often encounter storms in our life, where we feel God can’t or won’t work. We’ve seen Him grant miracles in others lives but somehow we limit him in our own. When we truly understand who God is, however, we will realize that he controls both the storms of nature and the storms of a troubled heart. Jesus’ power that calmed this storm can also help us deal with the problems we face. Jesus is willing to help if we only ask him. We should never discount his power even in terrible trials.
Storms come suddenly without warning in our lives. An unexpected illness, a financial loss, and many other sudden disappointments. Often times we try to fix it ourselves first after much worry and fear. Our first stop should always be to go to Jesus – the one who can calm the storm – and in Faith believing thank him for seeing you through whatever you are facing.
Storms come to believers and unbelievers alike. The difference is that those who know Christ have an anchor in the storm.