5.27.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 115. Storm.

We’re in the boat.

Matthew 8:24 says this, “And behold, a violent storm developed on the sea, so that the boat was being covered by the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep.”

Jesus was asleep. What an example of how to handle the storms of life. Things that we think are catastrophic…Jesus is sleeping through them. Let’s dig a little deeper.

Jesus is sleeping soundly when a sudden storm comes up. These types of intense squalls are common on this body of water, which sits 600 feet below sea level and is surrounded by steep hills. Violent winds and choppy waves can quickly threaten an unprepared watercraft.

Matthew was likely there that day and describes the boat being swamped by the waves. Boats are “swamped” when water begins to pour over the sides. Larger sailing ships have covered decks that can shed this water—small open boats do not. If the waves crash water into the boat faster than the men can scoop it out, the craft will sink.

That Jesus was able to sleep through all of this is fascinating on its own. The fact that He was sleeping also contributed to the disciple’s panic. They may have wondered if Jesus even knew what was happening. Some of them were experienced fisherman who had spent many years on that lake. All of them were apparently worried about being killed in the storm.

So. The storms that we think are just too much to handle? Are they? Are we being a bit dramatic sometimes in how we handle certain “storms” in our lives? The example that Jesus is setting here is pretty incredible.

Yes, there are some storms that should be addressed, handled in certain ways. But there are others….

How do you handle the storms? Does every one cause you to panic, to worry about the boat sinking? Or…can you whether them the way Jesus did.

6 Comments

  1. Peggy F on May 26, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    Jesus, is here, with us, in every situation, in every circumstance………..Jesus is here, His word is here…….and we can trust Him, Just as He was with the disciples, asleep in the boat, trusting in the constant provision of His Father, we can trust every single storm of life to Him……..

    …Phil 4:4, 5, 6, 7 “Rejoice in the Lord, always. Again I say Rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus

    1 Thessalonians 5: 16,17,18 Rejoice always! Pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you……………..

    The storms of life will come!!!!!! To each one of us, this is a certainty. And we can trust, and rest in His ‘word!!! No matter what!!!!!!

  2. Margaret Kroitor on May 27, 2021 at 6:33 am

    Jesus is the Prince of Peace. He is always with us and His Spirit is in us. When the storms of life come we need to remember that and tap into His Peace. Easier said than done, I know.
    Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; My Peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
    The Prince of Peace, who can sleep through a storm, gives us His Peace. Let’s learn how to tap into that kind of peace.

    • Bruce B on May 27, 2021 at 1:03 pm

      That’s why we should say to people when we depart from them “Take Peace”, not “Take care”! Jesus took our cares and gave us His peace!

  3. Diane Johnson on May 27, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    I am learning I have to trust God with Everything he knows the plans he has for me hard to do for this ol gal somedays

  4. Bruce B on May 27, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Remember, behind every storm cloud, the sun (Son) is still shining!!!

  5. Patti S on May 27, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    I/we have been in a storm I never dreamed to be going thru. It’s a constant choice in each moment to have His peace. I pray everyday to learn what this means. I want to understand it more fully.
    Because of Him

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