Commanding the Storm

“A windstorm arose on the sea, so great that the boat was being swamped by the waves . . . then Jesus got up and rebuked the winds and the sea: and there was a dead calm” (Matthew 8:24, 26)

Jesus’ miracles are an incredible testament to His power and authority over the world. He has power over demonic forces, nature, physical illness, and even physical death. The might of the Lord Jesus is evident in every life He touched, giving credence to the unquestionable divinity which He esteems.

Christ’s capacity for transforming lives is absolutely unparalleled by anyone else in history. There is no other person, or substance, or “life code,” which can boast equal power to the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the midst of a storm – the storms of nature and the storms of life – Jesus maintains control.

The passage tells us that He was so unconcerned that He was fast asleep (v. 24)!

When the disciples came to wake Him, they were afraid, which would be understandable… had they not been in the presence of the Lord Jesus. But they were in the presence of the Lord, and He admonished them for being afraid. More to the point: for lacking faith (v. 26).

At a word, the winds died down and the waves discontinued their uncontrollable swells.

Uncontrollable, that is, to anyone but Jesus.

Friend, whenever you are wading through one of life’s storms – physical, mental, spiritual, or other – remember that the Lord Jesus is in control.

He loves you and will never abandon you. He will not let you down. The situation may be bleak, the circumstances suspect, and the strain too much to bear.

Remember: You were never meant to bear this burden alone. Jesus wants to help, but He will not intrude on your life. He must be invited. Ask the Lord Jesus into your heart and allow Him to weather your storms.

“As you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you; for I am the Lord your God” (Isaiah 43:2)


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