Master to Messiah 13

 

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Week 3 >> Day 3

>> READ

Matthew 8:23-27
Jesus Calms the Storm
Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.

The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”

>> CONSIDER

Very few elements on earth create more fear than a storm at sea. We see the disciples, experienced fishermen, seemingly lost in a horrible storm while crossing the Sea of Galilee. In the midst of the storm, Jesus calmly sleeps in the boat. Fear clouds the disciples’ faith, and death seems eminent. They wake Jesus, and He rebukes their lack of faith. Then He calms the wind and the sea leaving the disciples amazed that even nature bows to Jesus.

We cannot help but notice the parallels that exist in this story. Peter and the disciples’ entire worldviews collide with so much of what their “Master” teaches. There is a storm going on not only physically, but spiritually as well. We see, as the story ends, the disciples still wrestle with the person of Jesus. Often, as Jesus changes us, we feel much like the disciples, caught in a storm. At times, being on mission with Christ can feel much like this
turbulent storm the disciples experienced. We encounter difficult people, challenging situations, or hard circumstances. None of these however, change the mission of what Christ has called all of His disciples to.

How would you react as a passenger in that boat? Would your words be calm as you casually go to find Jesus? Would you be terrified, much like the disciples? We may be tempted to judge the disciples for their frightened response to the storm and their amazement at Jesus’ power, but instead, let’s learn a lesson from them. Peter tells us from first hand experience in 1 Peter 5:7. “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

>> PRAY

Ask God again to help your faith grow. As you go through storms in life, ask Him to help you turn your eyes to Jesus and trust Him.

>> APPLY

  • How did Jesus respond to “impossible” situations? How do you typically respond?
  • Are you currently facing a storm in your life? Pray that you will know how to respond in faith.
  • When storms come in our lives, and they will come, how do we respond in faith? What does that specifically look like?
  • Just as we call “first responders” in a crisis situation, we can call on the Word of God to serve us during a crisis. Memorize 1 Peter 5:7 to serve as a solid first response to the crises and storms of life.

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