Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” Matthew 8:23-27 (NIV)
Storms Of Life
I have had the dumbest of thoughts. What dumb thoughts have you thought? Right now, I can think of two. Only two? That’s funny. I’m sure that there are an unlimited number of more dumb thoughts that have been in my mind. But I am calling out two dumb thoughts right here and now. I’m listening. My first dumb thought was that as your follower, I would be exempt from the storms of life. I have no idea why I ever held that thought in my mind. Tell me more. Two things are obviously true. One, is that this is a sin broken world. This world no longer functions according to your design. Sin and darkness and evil have brought storms of all shapes and sizes and kinds into the lives of everyone who have ever lived on this earth. That includes you. You went through storms in life. You were despised and rejected. You were mocked and ridiculed. You were hurt and wounded. Ultimately, you died on the cross as a result of and payment for the sin and evil in this world. Yes, all of this is true. So why, as your follower, would I be exempt from storms in life? How could I have thought that? Well, now I know better. The proof is in the pudding. My mistaken theory has been proven false. Everyone has and will go through storms in life of that I have no doubt, that is also obviously true. You mentioned you were calling out two dumb thoughts. What is the second one? My second dumb thought is that I will go through the storms of life all alone, by myself. I can’t tell you how many times I have relied on myself to try to weather and withstand the storms of life. How has relying on yourself in the storms of life worked out for you? Not well at all. The storms of life have only served to show me how weak and feeble and in need I truly am. Then the storms of life have not been all bad? No, not at all, the storms of life have caused me to cry out to you. The storms of life have caused me to draw near to you. The storms of life have caused me to come to rely on you. The storms of life have caused me to place all my faith in you. In the storms of life, you have shown me that you are with me to help me. In the storms of life, you have increased my faith and hope and trust in you. That is very good. Yes, it is. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, at one time I thought that, as your follower, I was exempt from storms in life. I don’t know why I thought that. You went through storms. I will go through storms. I will place all my faith in you as I go through storms. I know you will be with me to help me. Amen
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