One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Luke 8:22-25 (NIV)
I have faced some difficult storms in life. There have been several times when I thought I might drown. Each time, I have cried out to you. Each time, I have come to rely on you. Each time, I have placed my faith in you. Have I done this all perfectly? Absolutely not. I wish that my prayers would have been more faith filled. I wish that I would have been more reliant on you and less filled with fear. But nevertheless, you have heard and answered my prayers. You have never left me alone in a storm. You have drawn near to me as I have drawn to you. You have calmed my storms and brought me through every difficulty. Yes, I have heard and answered your prayers. Yes, I have helped you come to rely on me. Yes, I have helped you to place all your faith in me.
Do you wish that you would have never gone through any storms in life? Would that make a difference? No, you would still go through storms in life. I went through storms in life. You will go through storms in life. This sin broken world is filled with storms of all kinds. Why then, did you ask me that question? I want you to see the value of storms. What good has come out of the storms you have gone though in life? Would you be willing to trade no storms for what good has come out of the storms you have gone through? The storms of life have caused me to rely on you. The storms of life have caused me to pray to you. The storms of life have grown my faith in you. In every storm, I can say that I have come to know you better. So no, I would not trade having no storms for how I have benefited from them. That’s good. That does not mean I want to go through the same storms again. That’s understood.
Knowing what you know about storms, what will you do differently? I will face storms more calmly and more joyfully and more faithfully. Why is that? I know that you will be with me to help me. I know that you will bring me through each and every storm. I can hold on to you. You will hold on to me. Yes, I will. One day, all the storms of life will be over, and I will come to live forever in heaven you. Yes, you will. That will be very good. Yes, it will.
Lord, I have been in fearful storms in life. At times, I thought I was going to drown. I have cried out to you in prayer. I have placed my faith in you. You have heard all my prayers. Thank you for calming my storms and growing my faith as I have relied on you. Amen
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