Matthew 8:23-27 (ESV)
Jesus Calms a Storm
23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” 26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
Growing up in a small town, one of the highlights of the end of the school year was the carnival coming to town. I loved the Tilt-a-Whirl and rode it with friends until I was nearly sick. But I was afraid of heights and couldn’t make myself get on the Ferris Wheel. Yet, I wanted so much to ride it. But my fear was real and I just couldn’t make myself do it. The sheriff of our little county told my mother that he would take me up in the Ferris Wheel. Somehow, with him sitting next to me, I wasn’t afraid. I had faith that the sheriff was going to protect me. It was the first and last time that I rode a Ferris Wheel. Apparently, without the sheriff next to me, I couldn’t make myself do it again!
Today’s reading from Matthew is quite short and yet it certainly “packs a punch.” The disciples were in the boat with Jesus when a storm came upon them quite suddenly. Jesus was sleeping but the disciples awakened him, terrified that they were going to drown. Although the disciples had seen Jesus’ miracles, they didn’t have faith that he was going to protect them, until they saw him quiet the winds and the water. Lack of faith in believing that Jesus would save them.
Many devotions in recent weeks have focused on worry and how we accomplish nothing through worry. I see worry and lack of faith as being synonymous. If we have faith in Jesus, then we don’t worry, and yet worry seems to be a part of our human character. Through faith in Jesus, let us overcome our negative human traits!
Lord Jesus, you protect us from the dangers of this world and promise us life eternal with you. Through faith we have been saved. Keep us safe in your loving arms. In your name we pray,
Written by Sue Hamilton Director of Music Ministries firstname.lastname@example.org