5.29.21 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on Matthew. Part 117. Calm.

“He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?’ Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm.” – Matthew 8:26

Oh….what a reaction to this entire scene Jesus gives us. He wakes up, looks around, calls out their lack of faith and then calms the wind and the sea. Absolutely incredible.

When Jesus wakes up, His first response is not to immediately save them. Instead, He asks them why they are afraid, and chides their lack of faith. His meaning seems to be that the disciples should be more assured of His ability to save when they are afraid. His primary concern for those who would follow Him is that they trust Him.

Then Jesus stands up and rebukes the wind and sea. He tells it to stop, and an immediate calm falls over the lake. The storm vanishes. Jesus has previously demonstrated His authority over the natural world of human biology and disease (Matthew 8:1–4), as well as the supernatural world of demons (Matthew 8:16). Now He shows that He is master of all of nature, including the weather.

Key sentence here: His primary concern for those who would follow Him is that they trust Him.

Trust. Let that sink in for a moment.

Jesus’ primary concern here was trust. Not the storm, not the wind or the waves, not the fact that the boat was filling up with water. Not the concern in the disciples eyes or minds. He wasn’t worried about the impending doom that they were certain was about to come.

He wants trust. He wakes and points out their lack of faith first…..

Faith. Do you practice it daily? Does the storm push you around more than it should? Do you have the trust and the faith and the hope in Jesus to walk you through the storm?

Good questions to think on here.

4 Comments

  1. Margaret K on May 29, 2021 at 8:48 am

    I think we all think that we have faith. After all we’ve read the Scriptures, heard the sermons, heard testimonies of God’s help and faithfulness. We’ve seen Him move in our lives.
    But it is only in the storms that we find out if we are really trusting in God, if we really have the kind of faith that we profess.
    If we panic in the storms, then we need to hit our knees and cry out like the father of the demon possessed boy, “Lord, help my unbelief!”

  2. Peggy F on May 29, 2021 at 10:47 am

    ” experiential” is a word , that tells us…….that until we experience a truth for ourselves, how can we know it?? ? And once more, through this story of Jesus telling the raging storm, ” to stop”, brings me back to Phil 4:6-8 ” 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” !!!!!!!!!

    Until someone ” experiences ” that peace, that” surpasses all understanding ” for themselves, by faith in Jesus in complete surrender to His purpose and will for us, IN and DURING the many storms of life, its impossible to know the truth it speaks of . …………meditate on these things……….it goes on to say………and in verse 9…………these do………and the God of peace will be with you!!!! And as we ” experience”, this incredible , un- explainable peace , through each storm of life we encounter, we have more faith……to believe, and trust, and surrender it all to Jesus, when the next storm hits us!!!

  3. Bruce B on May 29, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    If Jesus spoke to me directly and called me a man of little faith, I would probably want to run and hide!

    But faith as small as a mustard seed is a start, for the mustard seed is the smallest of seeds, and yet it grows into a gigantic plant.

    If you think about it wind is not visible to the human eye. We see the result of the wind in the swaying tree branches or the flying litter. And yet wind is beneficial in many ways too.

    There are so many random thoughts in today’s devotional! Lord, expand our knowledge of you

    • Sandy G on May 29, 2021 at 6:44 pm

      Years ago, I worked at an animal hospital. One morning there was a torrential rain storm. I knew one of my co-workers would be heading to work in the downpour and I was concerned for her safety. I took a moment to pray for her, asking God to “please stop the rain so Andrea can get to work safely.” No exageration- the rain stopped IMMEDIATELY!! Praise God for answered prayers! I was floored by the fact that God heard my simple prayer and stopped the rain. My faith was sealed by that! ❤️

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