Storms

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 “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”  Matthew 8:23-27   

“Why are you afraid?”  Can you imagine if Jesus asked you that question?  I suppose that I could go on for hours with reasons why I’m afraid.  And I’m not even being tossed around on the waves of the sea.

Then again, maybe I am being tossed around on the waves of the sea.  And maybe you are, too.  Life is tumultuous, scary, unpredictable sometimes.  And when you’re in the middle of a storm, it’s hard to think about anything else other than getting out of the storm!

The disciples feared that the storm would destroy them.  And they assumed that since Jesus didn’t immediately wake up and save them, that He didn’t care. 

When we’re in the middle of the storm it sometimes seems like Jesus doesn’t care.  It may seem crazy to you that He doesn’t immediately calm things down.  But where is faith in that?  If we simply expect Jesus to eliminate our problems, our capacity to trust Him through the storms of life will suffer.

Jesus knows – perfectly – when and how our faith needs to be tested and stretched through suffering.  As He pushes the limits of our trust, He grows our faith.  As He shows us that He cares and is always there, we mature.

So, thanks be to God for the storms.  And thanks be to God for the Savior who entered the Storm of sin, death and the devil and defeated them all by His cross and empty tomb.

The time will come when the waters will be perfectly still, always.  The time will come when storms will cease.  I can’t wait for that Day.  But as much as I long for it, I am comforted that while I’m here in the place of storms, I have One who is with me and knows what’s best for me every step of the way.

Lord Jesus, You entered into this world of storms to show that You are more powerful than anything that would harm us.  As we face storms in our own lives, remind us that You are there, and grow our faith that we might always trust You.  In your name, Amen.  

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