22 Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out.23 But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger.24 They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. 25 And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”
Someone once said, “You are either just coming out of a storm, in the middle of one, or in the calm just before you are about to face one.”
While they may look different for each of us in our unique situations, we all experience storms: frustrations, loneliness, regrets, heartbreak, financial troubles, sicknesses, disappointments, relationship issues, loss, persecutions, a traumatic experience, just to name a few. Storms have the potential to make us better or bitter.
They can damage us or positively transform us. The outcome largely depends upon whom we place our faith in.
For the disciples, trusting Jesus in the middle of a violent storm was not an easy task. While traveling across the Sea of Galilee, they lost control of their vessel and faced overwhelming fears as a terrible storm set in. The storm threatened to sink not only their boat, but also their faith.
They seemed to have briefly forgotten who was riding with them. At some point in their turmoil, they made a wise choice by running to Jesus. What an opportunity for God’s strength to be displayed in their weakness!
Although He could, God does not always prevent the storms from raging in our life; nevertheless, He has promised to never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). The enemy tries to use our storms to hurt us, discourage us, create anxiety, and destroy our faith. But God wants to use our storms to make us steadfast, strong, and more like Jesus.
May our lives, and the way we handle storms, leave others in wonder and amazement of our great God, just as the apostles were left in awe that day at sea with their Savior.
- What storm(s) are you facing? How can it be an opportunity for God to show up and show out? What have you learned about God’s character that could bring peace to your troubled heart?
- What is distracting you in your hardship? Are you taking your eyes off of the Savior, who is right there with you, and focusing on the negatives of your situation instead of the opportunity for God to move in big ways? Do you need to readjust your focus?
- Pray that God will give you patience, keep you calm, and grow your faith in the midst of your trials. Thank Him for never leaving you. Ask Him to give you peace like Jesus had that would enable you to sleep peacefully in the biggest storms, because you know who is in control.