Lady V’s Weekly Devotional
They all got into a boat and began to cross over to the other side of the lake. And Jesus, exhausted, fell asleep. Suddenly a violent storm developed, with waves so high the boat was about to be swamped. Yet Jesus continued to sleep soundly. The disciples woke him up, saying, “Save us, Lord! We’re going to die!”
But Jesus reprimanded them, “Why are you gripped with fear? Where is your faith?” Then he stood up and rebuked the storm and said, “Be still!” And instantly it became perfectly calm. The disciples were astonished by this miracle and said to one another, “Who is this Man? Even the wind and waves obey his Word.”
Are you having the recurring forecast of storms in your life? Are you facing some giant waves and wondering if you’re about to get wiped out? Life can change in an instant.
You’re riding easy one moment, and faced with a tsunami the next. You may start to wonder, “When will brighter days come and STAY?”
Much like the disciples, in Matthew 8:23-27, they must have assumed that storms wouldn’t come as long as they had Jesus in their boat. But that’s not so! Storms still come in life even when you’re walking with Jesus.
So, how do we handle the storms of life—in fear? Do we handle it with an uncertainty of where our faith meter ranks? Consequently, the disciples had common thoughts of fear and little faith in the midst of an uncertain situation.
However, there was wisdom to gain in that storm. Jesus pointed out that the disciples needed to remember: first, do not give in to fear, and second, stand in FAITH. We must look through a constant lens of the Lord being with us in every situation we encounter.
Nothing is a surprise to God! He is already aware of the intensity of the storm that’s going on around you. Hence, Jesus isn’t moved by the storms we face, and neither should we.
Sometimes we need reminding that the LORD is with us to resuscitate our faith. And, the reason we need faith during the storm is because we must believe that Jesus is greater.
The Word can calm the storm simply because when God speaks—something ALWAYS happens. Jeremiah 1:12 (AMPC) says, “…for I am alert and active, watching over My word to perform it.”
Therefore, our faith in Jesus should be so solid, that when the boat starts to overflow with water, and the waves intensify, we should instantly trust God. Our thought should be, “Jesus is in my boat, so I will trust Him in this.” Most assuredly, God is always faithful and HE cannot fail. So rest in HIM!
Beloved, if Jesus can rest during a storm—we should take the hint. Rest with all certainty that you are not alone in this. Nothing is too big for God! And, Jesus is ENOUGH!
Furthermore, always remember that ALL things are working for your good! That’s a promise from God, which you can count on! Have faith in God!
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
JESUS IS LORD!!!
Grace and Peace to You,
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