On that day, as evening
drew on, he said to them, "Let us cross
to the other side." Leaving the crowd, they took
him with them in the boat just as he was.
And other boats were with him. A violent squall
came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so
that it was already filling up. Jesus was in
the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him
and said to him, "Teacher, do you not care that
we are perishing?" He woke up, rebuked the wind,
and said to the sea, "Quiet! Be still!" The
wind ceased and there was great calm. Then he
asked them, "Why are you terrified? Do you not yet
have faith?" They were filled with great awe and
said to one another, "Who then is this whom
even wind and sea obey?"
Prayer: Lord, I believe that you are in my
boat. I want a stronger faith in you. I trust
that you will lead me, sinful though I am,
to your good harbor. I love you for always accompanying
me in this life.
Lord, help me to grow in faith.
1. Crossing to the Other Side: We know that
we will not remain on earth forever. There is
another shore that is our home. Christ has come to
remind us of this and show us how to
get to that place. Do I take Christ into
my boat and let him indicate what I must do
in my life? Or do I hold myself back,
not accepting the adventure of putting out into the deep
with Christ? What is it that holds me back?
2. Teacher, We Are Perishing!
Christ allows our boat to be tossed by difficulties
that sometimes seem insurmountable. Having him in our boat
is not a guarantee that things will go smoothly.
We need to discover that he is working in the
midst of difficulties. We need to ask what he
is teaching us. If in the midst of trials we
are drawing closer to him, there can be a
real grace working. Yet many times we find that we
let our confidence in him slip when things get
rough. We have not yet learned that “all things
work together for good for those who love God” (Romans
3. The Lord of the
Wind and the Sea: We need to keep in mind
that Christ has the ultimate victory. He allows difficulties
so that we can grow in abandoning ourselves to
him. When life hurts and it makes no sense, we
need to deepen our faith in the One who
has conquered sin and death. He will write the final
chapter in our life. He will bring us to
the safe harbor. We can bolster our faith in him
today by keeping our eyes on his promises and
his presence. We can renew our confidence that he
will not let our prayers go unanswered but will respond
in his time with a power and efficacy beyond
what we expect. In continuing to sail this boat
in the midst of the storm, we are giving him
the total control over our destiny. We can be
in no safer hands.
Christ: Lord, I know that when you allow
difficulties in my life you are trying to strengthen
my faith and make me see that I need to
turn to you. Help me take advantage of these
difficulties so I might abandon myself more totally to you.
I want to learn to trust you as the
Lord of my life. Bring me to safe harbor.
Resolution: I will analyze one of the
greater difficulties in my life and see where I
need to apply greater trust in God.