We've certainly heard those words, but I doubt that we believe we should live by them. Yet, Jesus delivered a message to His apostles one day, and that message was designed not just for them - but for us as well.
Mathew 8:23 - Then Jesus got into the boat and his disciples followed him.
Jesus sets the stage for His lesson to be learned by all. He gets into a boat. Let's call this boat LIFE.
24-a - Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat.
Do you think that Jesus (who is God) knew that a STORM would come upon those in the LIFE boat? Of course He did. he set the stage for what He wanted to teach His apostles - and us.
24-b - But Jesus was sleeping. - Here comes a HUGE STORM upon the occupants of LIFE...but Jesus is sleeping! Jesus is at rest - at ease and there's a STORM - a CONFLICT - a CATASTROPHE (a health issue - a financial issue - a relationship issue)...going on all around those in LIFE.
Verse 25 - The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
Isn't this typical of US - those in the LIFE boat? We panic - while Jesus is in the background - cool as a cucumber - knowing that He already has everything under control, and that "All things work together for GOOD to those who love Him."
26 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.
Jesus wanted His men - and YOU, to know that He is in control. He has asked us to bring ALL of our cares, worries and burdens to Him...and leave them there. He will take care of ALL of them.
27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Now, you know - THE REST OF THE STORY. Can YOU also remind yourself of who it is that we love and who loves us?
John Tyler, Author
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