Luke 8 - Jesus, The Calm in the Storm by Lindsay Cordell
S - “But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, ‘Master, Master, we are perishing!’ Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm. But He said to them, ‘where is your faith?’”
O - I imagine Jesus drifting off to sleep with the gentle back and forth rocking of the boat on calm waters. The scene quickly changes as a storm comes and the disciples begin to fear for their lives. The Bible says they were in jeopardy. Can you picture the scared disciples shaking Jesus awake yelling about the storm and how they are going to die?! I don’t know about you, but I love naps so much that I had to teach my kids not to wake mommy up just to tell me there is a fly in the house! Do you think this is how Jesus felt? Jesus was not afraid or worried about the storm. He simply calmed the storm…and then questioned the disciples’ faith.
A - Do you have circumstances in your life that have your faith being tested? Do you cry out to Jesus for help because you don’t think you can get thru it on your own? Perhaps you can even see how He is calming storms around you. But do you think He is asking us, “where is your faith?” When that storm hits, what is your first response? Fear or Faith? You may be crying out to Jesus as your first response and I think that is what we should do! Yet, we also stand up in faith and proclaim the Word over that storm.
P - Father, thank You for the power of Your Word in our lives. Just like that day in the boat with the disciples, You are with us even if we feel at times you are napping. You are Faithful and You never leave us or forsake us. Would You help us today to face the storms of life with Faith that You are with us? Help us remember that You have given us all we need to get thru this day. It is the day You have made and we will rejoice in it! Thank You for Your love! Amen!