Thursday, May 13, 2010

Encouragement of a Storm

Matthew 8:23-27
Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, "Lord, save us! We are perishing!"
But He said to them, "Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?" Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, "Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?"

"Father, thank You for this story about Your Son. He had faith in You, and His disciples had faith in Him, and You came through for them and saved them, when Your Son calmed the winds and the sea. Help us to remember that You can do the same thing for us when we have storms in our own lives. In Jesus' Name, Amen."

So, this is a pretty basic story. They're in a boat, and Jesus falls asleep. Then a storm comes, and the disciples freak out, because there's a storm and they're in a boat. Now, this must have been a crazy storm, because some of these men are fishermen, so they know that sea well. It was probably one of the worst storms they had seen, to make them freak out like that.

And through all of this, Jesus is asleep. Now what does this tell us, besides that He's a very heavy sleeper? Through the most difficult trials of our lives, our Father in Heaven is with us, protecting us, and we can rest and trust that He's watching over us. Thus, our encouragement!

In His Service,

Response Question: Does God immediately call off the storms in our lives, like how Jesus quieted the storm on the sea?

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