Are the storms of life overtaking you?

Jesus and his disciples were in a boat to cross the sea.  Jesus went to sleep. Matthew 8:24(KJV) states “And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep.”

We are all familiar with this story.  We find it in Luke 8:22-25, Matthew 8:23-27, and Mark 4:35-41.  As I was reading Matthew 8:24, the word “tempest” stuck out to me.  In the Strong’s Concordance, the word is seismos, which means commotion. Commotion comes from seio, which means to rock, agitate, to throw into a tremor of fear or concern.

big waves under cloudy sky

What commotion is covering and smothering you today?  There are times in our life when commotion comes and seems to overtake us.

The Bible tells us that commotion is meant to agitate and rock you.  Commotion will throw you into a tremor of fear or concern.  I ask, “Do any of you have commotion they are dealing with today?”  If you answered yes, then you may ask, “Well, what can I do?”

Let’s look at Scripture for that answer.  Jesus was fast asleep when the disciples woke Him.  The disciples woke Jesus and said “Lord save us, lest we perish.” (Matthew 8:25)  In their mind, they were going to die.  Now keep in mind that this was Jesus they were talking to.  Did they not think Jesus knew about the storm?

Maybe you feel this desperate or maybe you just need Jesus to save you from whatever is rocking and agitating you.  Look at Jesus’ response in Matthew 8:26 (…Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?…)  Fear cancels out faith.

Jesus arose as said “Peace, be still.”  The wind ceased and the waters calmed.  The disciples were amazed that the wind and water obeyed Him.

silhouette photography of boat on water during sunset

The storm is still there but you are in the calm when you trust Jesus.

I want to tell you today that this is your Jesus.  If you accepted Jesus as your Savior, then you have to know that you serve a Jesus that sleeps in storms and rises when called to say “Peace, be still.”  Call on Jesus today.

Like in Matthew 8:25, we also see in Mark 4:40 Jesus asking the disciples “Why are you so fearful?  How is it that you have no faith?”  So I ask you today, “Why are you so fearful?  You have to allow your faith to rise up by the renewing of your mind and reading the Word of God.  (See Romans 12:2 and Romans 10:17.)

Keep the eyes of your heart, your thoughts, and your feelings on Jesus.  Take your eyes off the commotion and don’t let it consume you.

Prayer:  Father, forgive me for focusing on the storm in my life.  Help me to fix my eyes on You.  As I read Your Word, let my spirit man rise up and faith be made whole so that I may trust in You alone.  Thank You for knowing when to say, “Peace, be still.” in my life.  All it takes is one word from You and all the commotion is gone.  In faith, I say today to what is agitating me, the thing that is trying to pull me to fear and concern, “In the name of Jesus, Peace be still.”  I thank You Lord that I find rest in You and You alone  I love you Lord.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Additional Scriptures:  Psalm 46:1-7 & 10-11, Exodus 14:13-14, Psalm 107:28-29, 1 Samuel 12:16, Psalm 62:5-6

Find peace today!

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