STORMS

Why are you afraid, O you of little faith? —Matthew 8:26

Their family huddled in one room as the storm raged outside. The wind blasted against the house sounding like it would blow the door in. Rain pelted the windows and there was six inches of water flowing down the street. The young family prayed for the Lord’s protection and the storm passed.

Now imagine being in a boat with a storm raging around you. You are not protected and the wind is whipping across your face, the rain pelting your body and the waves are coming over the boat. It is a serious situation and you really believe this will be the end and everyone will down. Jesus is sleeping. Do you think He knows what is going on? Do you think He cares? Do you think there is purpose in this storm? They wake Him with their concerns of perishing (v.25). In a parallel passage they ask Him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” (Mark 4:38).

What storms are we in or have been in where we were fearful? It may have been or is a health issue of your own or of a loved one. Maybe it was the loss of a job or an accident? Whatever the storm is or has been, are we or were we fearful? Are we asking the same question to Jesus— “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” Don’t you care about me Jesus? Do we or have we asked that question?

Why is it that we trust him, knows he cares about us and thank Him often when this are going well and there is calm, but when a storm breaks out in our life we question? How come we do not trust Him as much in the storm as we did in the calm? Has He changed? He who feeds thousands, yea billions, does He not also control the clouds, wind and rain… the storms of life?
Oh, we of little faith? Do we really think Jesus is going to let us “drown?” Do we understand that Jesus cares about as the same in the storm as He does in the calm? The question is— Will I trust Him the same in the storm as I do in the calm? May it be so!

Dear Father, thank You for Your unchanging love and concern whatever the “weather” of life I may be in. I am grateful that You are always there and for Jesus’ promise that He would never leave me nor forsake me and that He will be with me until the end of the age. This is very comforting and encouraging. Thank You for always being there and always caring. I am grateful You do not change like a shifting shadow, but that You are the same yesterday, today and forever!

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