Title: Jesus Calms the Storm
Scripture: Matthew 8:23-27 (ESV)
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
Explanation: The disciples look foolish sometimes. Recorded in scripture are all their faults and failings for all of history to see. But I think God had the writers bring these things up so we could be encouraged. These men, who would go on to do miraculous and amazing things recorded in the book in Acts, were normal human beings, just like us. They had to learn to trust God, just like us. They felt fear, anxiety, and worry, just like us. And when these seasoned fishermen experienced a wind storm that rocked their boat and their world, they thought they were going to die…just like we would. And while they were rebuked by Jesus for not trusting enough to let Him sleep (His presence should have been enough to reassure them that they would be ok), they did do something right in this situation. They went to Jesus with their worry and fear. They had Jesus present in the boat, and they went to him in their time of peril. Just like the disciples, when we face the moments in our lives when circumstances overwhelm us and we can’t take it any longer, Jesus is in the boat of our lives, ready for us to run to Him.
This is what makes prayer such a powerful thing. It’s the recognition that we need God in our lives, that we can’t face the wind and the waves alone. And it’s where we see Him respond by being exactly what we need in every moment of every day.
1. What is something that stands out to you in today’s passage?
2. Are you going through a circumstance right now that is overwhelming you?
3. What are five things going on right now in your life that you need to take to God in prayer? Be purposed about writing them down and praying about them today.