Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly all was calm. The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!” Matthew 8:23-27 (NLT)
Storms Of Life
You will go through many storms in life. This should come as no surprise to you. In the storms of life, you will have one choice to make. Will you place your faith in me, or will you place your faith in yourself? That doesn’t sound like much of a choice, or rather should I say, that does seem like a difficult choice to make? Is that what you think? Do you think you have an easy choice before you? Well, not exactly. I may have an easy choice to make but the follow through or living it out or putting it into practice is much more difficult. How so? I could quickly and easily say that I will always place my faith in you through all the storms of life. I could continue by saying that I will never place my faith in myself as I go through storms in life. But would my thoughts and words and actions be consistent with my placing all my faith in you? What if I were afraid and filled with worry in the middle of all the storms of life? What if I were to tell myself that I wasn’t going to make it, that I was going to drown? What if I took every possible action, by myself, to get around or remove myself from every storm that came my way? Wouldn’t those thoughts and words and actions tell me where my faith was placed? If these were my thoughts and words and actions in the storms of life it would be obvious that I had placed my faith in myself. You have made a very good point.
How do you want to respond to the storms of life? I want to come to you. I want to place my faith in you. I want you to be my shelter. I want you to be my refuge in every storm. I want to have complete hope and faith and trust in you. I want to meet with you in prayer when trouble swirls around me. I want to be filled with your peace even when storms rage all around me. I want to know without a doubt that you are with me to help me. You will bring me through every storm. So, that is what I will do. I will place all my faith in you. I will hold on to you as you hold on to me in all the storms of life. That will be very good.
Lord, I have gone through many storms in life. At times I have thought I might drown. I don’t ever want to go through another storm without you. I will place all my faith in you. I will not be afraid because I know that you will always be with me to help me. Amen
Key Question… How has your faith in the Lord grown stronger as you gone through storms with Him?
Living It Out… Place all your faith in the Lord as you go through storms in life.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will be with you to help you when you go through storms in life.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has helped you go through storms in life.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you place your faith in the Lord as you go through all the storms of life.
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