One lesson we can learn from the Teacher, Jesus Christ, is calm trust. As I was reading a passage in the gospel of Matthew, I was struck by the juxtaposing reactions of Jesus and his disciples.
“As he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. Suddenly, a violent storm arose on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves—but Jesus kept sleeping. So the disciples came and woke him up, saying, ‘Lord, save us! We’re going to die!’
He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you of little faith?’ Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm” (Matthew 8:23-26, CSB).
Look at the contrast in response to the same circumstance. Jesus sleeps undisturbed by the storm while the disciples are overtaken with panic and fear heard in their plea, “Lord, save us! We’re going to die!”
I’ve often reacted to a life storm in much the same manner as the disciples. My mind conjures up the worst crisis rather than the calm trust demonstrated by Jesus. What can I learn about God from the response of Jesus?
• God can provide peace during storms.
• God has authority over all events.
• God hears and answers in times of trouble.
When I have confidence and trust in Almighty God, my response will become more like Jesus and less like the disciples. Which actions indicate calm trust? Ultimately, faith responds without fear. Yet because we are a work in progress, we can call upon the LORD when in fear. As our trust grows, reactions to natural or metaphorical life storms will be less exaggerated and dramatic. A peaceful response testifies to the Holy Spirit’s presence at work.
The Apostle Paul spoke of confident trust saying, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV). He also warned us to not fall back to our old ways, “For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear. Instead, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ ” (Romans 8:15, CSB).
Dear Reader, how do you respond to storms? Are there actions you need to take towards trust?
Dear Father God, thank you for teaching us through Jesus. Thank you for providing help through the Holy Spirit. Jesus was able to sleep amid the storm. I want to trust you like that. Yehovah you are worthy of all glory, blessed be your name. Amen.
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