Have you had any storms in your life?Â Most of us have.Â Perhaps you are in the midst of one right now or you are just through a storm.
Jesusâ€™s disciples encountered a storm that was terrifying.Â In Matthew 8:23-27, we read: â€œAND 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.Â AND THEY WENT AND WOKE HIM, SAYING, â€˜SAVE US LORD, WE ARE PERISHINGâ€™.Â AND HE SAID TO THEM, â€˜WHY ARE YOU AFRAID, OF YOU OF LITTLE FAITHâ€™.Â THEN HE ROSE AND REBUKED THE WINDS AND THE SEA, AND THERE WAS A GREAT CALM.Â AND THE MEN MARVELED, SAYING â€˜WHAT SORT OF MAN IS THIS, THAT EVEN THE WINDS AND THE SEA OBEY HIM?â€™
Some things we might note from this incident are:
1 â€“ The disciples were doing as Jesus had instructed them. (Matt.8:18).Â He gave orders to go to the other side. He meant for them to do as he had asked.
2 â€“ The storm was real and the fishermen in the boat would have fully understood the peril and Jesus was asleep and to them seemed unaware of the danger.
3 â€“ Their reaction was to wake Jesus and ask Him to save them which showed their faith in Him.
4 â€“ Jesus surprises me with His response.Â He asks why they are fearful, and says they are â€œof little faithâ€.
5 â€“ Jesus rises, rebukes both the winds and the sea and there is a great calm.
6 â€“ The disciples are amazed and wonder who this can be that even the winds and seas obey Him.
There is a lot that we can learn from this event that is recorded in Scripture.Â Please come back tomorrow and read the lessons that I believe we can apply from this story in the Bible.