I Think we Need a Bigger Boat – Troubled Waters
Week Two, Day Two
March 12, 2019
When you decided to follow Jesus, was your expectation that you would never weather a storm, or that He'd see you through it? In Matthew 8:23-27, the disciples wondered what Jesus was doing through their storm.
Matthew 8:23-27, "Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, Lord, save us! We’re going to drown! He replied, You of little faith, why are you so afraid? Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. Then the men were amazed and asked, What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
There are important lessons to take from this.
Jesus was resting because He already had it under control. Our frenzy is not His emergency. He can see far beyond the waves. His sleep doesn't mean He's not aware of your storms. No - in fact there are many instances where Jesus weeps with His people. He doesn't downplay the intensity of your struggle. But He wants us to learn from His example of resting during the hard times. But how? How can anyone sleep at a time like this? You can rest and be still in the storm because the waves and wind still know His name. You can be still because of your faith. Faith is the most important element to your vessel staying afloat.
Proverbs 3:24 reminds us that with the Lord by our side we can sleep and not be weary of looming or present disaster. In the storms you face, don't get distracted from noticing His presence. He knows your struggle by name.
You can either work endlessly to keep from sinking, or let Jesus bring rest while He keeps you afloat. You decide.
Prince of Peace, you carry us through troubled seas and you calm the waves with just your voice. Let your voice move in our present problems and help us to remain still while you work. Your calmness and your authority. You are not thrown by our emotions, but you bring peace while we cry out in chaos. We thank you for your steady character.