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
Here I am again. Where are you again? Here I am in another storm. You call this a storm? Yes, I call this a storm. It may not look like much of a storm to you. But it looks like a big storm to me. So, what if it is a big storm? What will you do with all the storms you face in life, whether they are big or small? What have you learned as storms have raged against you? What have you learned as you have gone through storms with me? I know that I can cry out to you in all the storms of life. I am never alone. You are with me. You will not forsake me. You will help me to weather all the storms of life. You will bring me through all the storms of life. So, if a storm causes you to draw nearer to me and to rely more fully on me, it cannot be all bad. Is that true? Would you agree? Yes, as I have gone through the storms of life, with you, I have benefited greatly. How so? I have known that you have heard and answered my prayers. I have seen your power and strength. I have been astonished at how you have calmed storms that raged all around me. You have been my refuge and strength and deliverer. I have learned that you are worthy of all my hope and faith and trust. I have come to know that I can rely more fully on you. That is all very good.
Are you done learning all that you can in the storms of life? Are there no longer any valuable lessons you can learn? Certainly not, I still have much to learn. I’m listening. What can you still learn? I can still learn how to rely on you more fully. I can still learn how to place my faith in you more completely. I can still learn to pray more passionately and persistently. I can still be astonished and thankful and grateful as you deliver me out of all the storms of life. I can still be overcome by your kindness and mercy and love for me. I can still be wowed and in awe of all your power and strength and majesty. Will you allow me to continue to teach you all these lessons? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I have gone through raging storms with you. I thought I might drown. I have cried out in prayer to you. You have calmed my storms and given me peace. Thank you that I can rely on you in the storms of life. You are my refuge and strength and deliverer. Amen
Key Question… How have you cried out to the Lord in prayer when a storm raged against you?
Living It Out… Rely on the Lord and ask Him to calm storms that rage against you.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will calm storms when they rage against you.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has calmed storms that raged against you.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you rely on the Lord to calm storms that rage against you.
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