Peaceful Waters In Stormy Weather

Devotional

“Then they sailed to the country of the Gadarenes, which is opposite Galilee.”Luke 8:26

Jesus and His disciples were in a boat heading across the Sea of Galilee. At this point, the seas were completely calm, and they made it to the shore of their destination. The Lord truly brought them along still waters.

Before this, Jesus got into the boat with His disciples and left the shores of Galilee. He told them, “Let us cross over to the other side of the lake.” And, they launched out. No big deal, right? Many of them have done this several times before as fishermen, and they probably thought nothing of it. They got into the boat just as they had done many times before. The difference this time, however, is that they were doers only and not being diligent listeners of the Lord’s Word. Jesus said they were going to the other side, but He did not say what the circumstances would be. He simply said, “get in, we are going.”

On this occasion, the disciples experienced the worst storm on the Sea of Galilee they had ever seen. The book of Mark tells us they were afraid. The storm was so extreme that even the hardened fishermen in their party became deathly afraid. Wherever fear is, faith cannot be. Faith and fear cannot dwell together in the same heart.

During this raging storm, while the disciples reacted emotionally, Jesus was in the back of the boat asleep, with His head resting on a pillow. Jesus was the only one at perfect peace, resting in the Father’s hands. What an example!

Noah’s ark was built for flotation only, not navigation. The boat in this story was made for sailing, and they had a heading. Not only that, they had the ultimate Navigator on board, Jesus the Messiah. Even with all of that, fear crept in because they forgot the promise Jesus made to them, “Get in, we are going to the other side.”

When we go through storms, remember the promises of God. Grab a pillow and rest in the Father’s hands like Jesus did. Trust Him, He will get you through!

“He asked, ‘Where is your faith?’ They should not have worried. They did not need to awaken Him. ‘No water can swallow the ship where lies the Master of ocean and earth and skies.’ To be with Christ in the boat is to be absolutely safe and secure.” – William MacDonald

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