DATE WRITTEN: Monday, 2021-01-25
WRITTEN AT: Paul B Johnson State Park, Hattiesburg, MS
BIBLE REFERENCE: Matthew 8:23-26
TRANSLATION: The Passion Translation (TPT)
BIBLE TEXT: 23 They all got into a boat and began to cross over to the other side of the lake. And Jesus, exhausted, fell asleep. 24 Suddenly a violent storm[q] developed, with waves so high the boat was about to be swamped. Yet Jesus continued to sleep soundly. 25 The disciples woke him up, saying, “Save us, Lord! We’re going to die!”[r]
26 But Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you gripped with fear?[s] Where is your faith?” Then he stood up and rebuked[t] the storm and said, “Be still!” And instantly it became perfectly calm.[u]
OBSERVATION: Over recent months you may have faced situations where you were ready to throw your hands up and give in because of the challenges, losses, disappointments and hard times. But something, or rather someone, brought you through. Could it have been Jesus, who was awaiting your cry for help, like He did with the disciples in the boat? As you reflect on this Scripture with me, let’s be reminded that He still cares for us today, and tomorrow.
APPLICATION: Friends, we serve as faithful and loving God! When He knows that we have been pushed to a stage where we need our Father, our Savior, our Protector, our Deliverer, He will stick with us closer than a brother. He is waiting to show forth His awesome power, He can’t wait to show how much He loves us and that He would move mountains to show forth His love for His kids. Perhaps worry and doubt sometimes burden us, but in a recent sermon the pastor encouraged us in saying that ‘Faith is acting like God is telling the truth’. Think about it, we know that we serve a God who can do all things – There is Nothing that He can’t Do’. Listen carefully to the words of this popular Christian song, and be reminded of this (I included a link in the words underlined). We may have reached the end of our rope, just as the men in the boat thought that all hope was lost in their survival when the the bad storm developed. As a last resort the disciples awoke Jesus. I’m not sure why we leave these things until all hope is lost, before we call on Jesus. I’m sure He would love to see us do this as our very first option. Dear friends, if you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, you and I have the greatest power available to us in our storms of life. He will never fail us, and He will quickly give us peace about the storm, and possibly even resolution for the storm that is causing us grief. Lay your burdens at the foot of the cross and know that you can have peace that will satisfy your troubled heart. In spite of all that has already taken place, we have no idea what tomorrow will bring. But let me remind you that the same God who calmed the rough waters of that lake for His disciples in today’s Scripture, He is still God and He is still all-powerful. Place you’re hand in His, knowing that He cares for you, and knowing that He will still care for His own.
PRAYER: To the God who created the seas, we are once again reminded that You still have the power to direct the actions of the waves and calm the oceans and lakes. Thank You Father that You care so much about us. I can hardly imagine the peace that must have swept over Your disciples when they realized that they had You so near, and that You had power of the very seas that threatened their lives. But Lord, we walk similar paths in that we have challenges facing us every day over which You have full control, and You are very much available to us as You were for the disciples. Please help us to seek Your face, worship You as Lord, be reminded of our awesome God, and then call on You for every aspect of life. Many things are beyond our reach and out of our control, but we serve a God who can do ALL things. There is nothing better than You, nothing more powerful than You, so help us to seek God first in all things, for He cares for us. AMEN!
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