On my continued trek through Matthew 8, I came up on a familiar story this morning.
Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"
replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up
and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.
The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" (Matthew 8:23-27)
I've read this story a million times, and probably have heard pastors preach on it millions more. It's one of those remarkable stories that tells of Jesus' power over nature, and confirms that He is a man who "Even the winds and waves obey."
But it wasn't the power of Jesus that made me grateful this morning.
It wasn't the fear of the disciples.
It wasn't even the scene of the boat rocking back and forth.
No, this morning I focused in on Jesus' question, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?"
How many times in my life do I encounter a monumental storm, and I freak out; because I wonder how I'm going to solve it?
How many times do I want to control the winds and the waves?
How many times do I feel like my own power and influence can take care of any situation?
Oh God, may I not sit in the boat of life and fear the storms that come.
May I see you are the master of the winds and the waves.
May I revel in your security, rather than in my own confidence, ambition, or pride.
I don't want to be a man of little faith.
I want to know the power of God through the faith only He can provide.
So today, I'm committing to pray for a life FULL of faith.
God, please come and grant me the faith to…
Be like David in the face of Goliath
Understand your truth like Paul.
Face my enemies like Jesus.
Know the trials of life like Joseph.
Help me develop THAT kind of faith.
To your Glory.