THURSDAY, JANUARY 14
“When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and said to the water, ‘Silence! Be still!’ Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Then He asked them, ‘Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?’”
Mark 4:39-40 (NLT)
JESUS WILL OFTEN USE STORMS AS A MIRROR TO HELP ME SEE THE CONDITION OF MY FAITH
There were once two men, Pete and Joe out sailing in a boat. A fierce storm blew up. Torrents of rain splashed down. The waves were rocking them. They desperately moved the rigging this way and that trying to keep the boat upright. “It’s at times like this,” shouted Pete above the noise of the storm, “I really wish I’d listened to what my Mom said.” “Why?” asked Joe, “What did she say?” Pete responded, “I don’t know, I didn’t listen!”
After Jesus calmed the storm, He asked the disciples, “Do you still have no faith?” In some ways Jesus was asking, “Have you not been listening or paying attention to what I’ve been teaching and doing?” Not all fear is bad, but the disciples’ fear was excessive. Their fear focused more on the storm than on Jesus.
Danny Akin has said, “We should not be surprised by surprises in our lives. They are divinely ordained moments whereby God is working in the everyday circumstances of our lives to reveal who He is, who we are, and who we need! Trials and tribulation, difficulties and desperate moments are often the times when God does His greatest work in our lives.”
What have you learned about your faith in the storms you have been through recently?
Thank God for showing you where you need to grow in your faith. Ask Him to continue to give you a healthy trust in Him in the middle of the storm.