Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you such cowards, such faint-hearts?” Then he stood up and told the wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down: “Silence!” The sea became smooth as glass.
–Matthew 8:26 MSG
Often, those who have experienced trials and have seen God work during times of distress develop a stronger faith in Him. When all settles down, they know without doubt Jesus was with them in the middle of the storm, and He faithfully led them through to quieter waters. In Mathew 8:23-27, Jesus was in the bow of a boat asleep when a furious storm came and caused the disciples to become afraid, but, Jesus wasn’t troubled by the storm. He simply got up and rebuked the winds and waves, causing it to calm down.
If you’re currently going through a stormy time, don’t fear! Instead, turn to Christ, like the disciples did on the boat. If Jesus calmed a tempest at sea, He can calm your storm too. Whatever the squall might be, God wants to calm you inwardly and lead you into His safe harbor of peace. Let Jesus be the captain of your ship, let go of all cargo that’s weighing you down, rebuke the works of the enemy, and praise God ahead of time for your victory! In time, your storm will cease and you’ll be thanking God for bringing you through the turbulent weather.
(For more encouragement on how to navigate the storms in your life, see yesterday’s devotional, 02/23/18, Stormy Weather Part 1.)
- Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you to cry out to Jesus and ask Him to sustain your soul through difficult times.
- Thank God for always being alert, present and making a way for you to experience the safety of His harbor of peace.