Faith to Endure Life's Storms

Delve into the Bible and find strength to weather the tough times in this excerpt from Mornings with Jesus.

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Faith to Endure Life's Storms

The people were amazed and said, “What kind of person is this? Even the winds and the lake obey him!” Matthew 8:27 (CEB)

Which are the scenes from the Bible you’d time travel to if you could? Near the top of my list would be when Jesus stilled the storm.

One of the accounts of that event is recorded in Matthew 8:24–26: “A huge storm arose on the lake so that waves were sloshing over the boat. But Jesus was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, ‘Lord, rescue us! We’re going to drown!’

He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you people of weak faith?’ Then he got up and gave orders to the winds and the lake, and there was a great calm” (CEB).

The disciples woke him, begging Him to rescue them, which suggests that they hoped He could. Jesus called them people of weak faith because they weren’t sure He could.

When storms rage around us and every wave leaves us gasping for air, what do we believe about Jesus? That He’s sleeping, inattentive, disinterested? Or does our faith thin out, leaving us wondering if He has the power to change things?

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Jesus gave orders to the tumult, and there was great calm. The wind and the waves were more obedient and responsive than His followers. The storm recognized His voice and His authority. The wind understood His power. And the lake and gusts didn’t just quiet down a little. They grew impressively calm. Subdued. “You win, Jesus. You always win.” Oh, to hear His voice and obey Him as quickly as the wind!

Faith Step: To what storm in your life is Jesus speaking, “Peace. Be still”? When anxious thoughts rise, beat them back with the declaration, “Every storm in my life must bow to the Name and the authority of Jesus Christ.”



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