“One day Jesus said to his disciples,
“Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.
” So they got into a boat and set out”
It is always important to listen carefully to what the Lord is saying. Here He did not say that they should go into the middle of the lake and drown. His intention was clearly that they should all reach the other side.
He also did not say that there would be no storms. In fact two storms arose. The exterior one threatened to swamp the boat and the interior one blew away their peace. When these two storms met each other they cried out to Jesus that they were ‘going to drown.’
When Jesus asked them ‘where is your faith?’ He was referring to the storms that had risen within them. He restored their peace by stilling the outer storm. However His example, and His intention for us, is that through our trust in Him and His word we will not give way to inner storms when the exterior ones arise around us.
He does not promise us that there will be no storms in our lives, but He does promise to be with us ‘always’ and to bring us safely home to the Father. We are called to focus on Him.
“Be still, and know that I am God”
Whatever your storms ask the Lord to deal first with the ones within you – helping you to trust Him to see you through.
Lord You promised us the gift of peace. Grant me Your peace in these storms in my life, drawing me ever closer to You. Amen.