Passage: Matthew 8:23-27 [NLT]
23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” 26 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. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
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Things to consider regarding this moment in the life of Christ:
- He could have made the trip by land, but chose to go by sea.
- He did not have a big stable boat but instead a small fishing vessel.
- The terrible storm came up suddenly.
- The storm was scary enough to put fear into the hearts of men who were used to being on the water.
- In Mat 8:20 we see that Jesus had just spoken to would-be followers about how it would not be an easy road to follow him.
- Having the power over the sea, Jesus very easily could have guaranteed that they have a smooth uneventful trip
A teachable moment. Jesus, seeing the need to teach His disciples about how it was not going to be an easy road to follow him, uses the sudden storm to show two things. 1. It will never be "smooth sailing" to be a true follower of Jesus. 2. Having faith in His promises, we need not fear those things that He has control over. (This excludes the biggest thing we should fear, our own will. Jesus has no control over this which is why we often suffer needlessly)
Jesus also uses this moment to demonstrate trust in the Father, by sleeping during a terrible storm. I can almost hear him humming the tune "Don't worry. Be happy." The disciples totally miss His peaceful state because they are so busy worrying about surviving the storm. How often do we as Christians get so caught up in self "survival" or "salvation" that we forget we are following the one who has power over the universe?
Another point to note. Jesus is willing that we should go through trying times so that we can learn to more and more trust in Him. Never think that God will not allow trouble to come into your life; He wants more for you to be able to rely on Him and trust in Him and will use strife to teach us.
Dear readers, Jesus loves you so much that he is willing to allow you to go through troublesome times to teach you trust. Parents who never allow their children to feel pain or go without end up with spoiled rotten helpless children. Have faith in Jesus. Give your life to Him daily...He has not promised you comfort, but, He has promised to love you and do everything He can to get you into eternity. You can be thankful for the trials in your life because you can know that God is only trying to build your faith in Him.
Thank you Lord. Thank you for loving us the right way. For lovingly correcting us and teaching us with trials that lead us to having greater faith in You. Help us to smile through the hard times. Help us to rest in your arms even as the storm rages around us.
Thank You for all that you provide. Help us to use it to your glory. We love you Lord. Amen.