There Was a Calm by Bob Surber

Emergency services called the other day with the alert that there were two escapees from the jail. Lock the doors. Be on the lookout. Then a helicopter was nearby. Police patrolled the area. I prayed for the Lord’s help. He kept us all safe, but it was a tense time. But the calm came.  Calm is something we all strive for. Having all the material possessions in the world doesn’t replace the calm and peace in the soul. We have lots of storms, but we also have the Master of the Storms. He has the ability to calm the storms on the outside; many things are going on in the world. But HE also calms the inside.

Luke 8:22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth. 23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him. 

Did this story really happen? It did! Jesus didn’t promise smooth sailing, but he did promise to be with us. Jesus had been busy all day long teaching and performing miracles. He was tired and wanted to go to the other side of the lake, about 7 miles. The lake was calm at the time. He went to the back of the boat and slept. Many of the disciples probably did as well.  Jesus meant to get to the other side. He wants us to make it to the other side and he’ll get us through. Just trust him. Keep the faith. 

Everything was fine. Then the storm came. It grew, the winds getting stronger and stronger. Peter, James, and John were fishermen. They were used to storms, but this one was too much. The water was raging beating against the boat rocking it side to side and back and forth.  Remember: no matter the storm, with Jesus we are more than conquerors. This storm was more than the disciples could handle, but not one of them was harmed. Even asleep, Jesus was in control of the storm. He was there and he never forsakes us.

What did the disciples do? They went to Jesus. Life can be bad. We can handle nothing without the Lord’s help. The disciples went to the back of the boat and with it rocking as it was, this was hard to do. Sometimes it seems hard to get to Jesus, but we can always reach him. They got to him. We can too. Waking Jesus up, they said Master, master, we perish. In another passage it says they asked Jesus if he cared that they were perishing. Does Jesus care?  Yes!  Of course he cares. He loves us. The disciples knew that if the storm could be helped, Jesus could do it. So Jesus got up. He rises up when we need him. He goes to bat for us. Storms don’t hurt him. He arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. He’s the Master of the Sea. The water and wind ceased their raging. There was a calm. Jesus is the remedy for the storms of life. Always remember that and turn to him.

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