What Jesus Did! 'The Power of His Word' — Luke 8:22-24

Monday, May 18, 2015

One day Jesus and his followers got into a boat. Jesus said to them, "Come with me across the lake." And so they started across. While they were sailing, Jesus slept. A big storm blew down on the lake. The boat began to fill with water. They were in danger. The followers went to Jesus and woke him. They said, "Master! Master! We will drown!" Jesus got up. He gave a command to the wind and the waves. The wind stopped, and the lake became calm.
— Luke 8:22-24
Illustration of Luke 8:22-24 — "Come with me across the lake."   ——   "Master! Master! We will drown!"

Key Thought

Jesus has been teaching about the power of his words and how we must obey them. Now, we see in a powerful demonstration of his authority, just how powerful the words are. Jesus speaks and the elements obey him. He is ruler over nature. His words have power over the storm! Since Jesus' words are so powerful, shouldn't we obey his words, too?

Today's Prayer

Wow! Father, your Son Jesus is awesome and glorious. His words have power over nature. He can calm the raging storm by simply speaking and it is so. My prayer is that his words will have that same impact on me. May the words Jesus speaks produce immediate results in my life. As I obey, I truly believe that those very words will calm the restlessness of my soul. In the mighty name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

The Son shows the glory of God. He is a perfect copy of God's nature. The Son holds everything together with his powerful command. The Son made people clean from their sins. Then he sat down at the right side of the Great One (God) in heaven.

Hebrews 1:3

No person can see God. But Jesus is exactly like God. Jesus is ruler over all the things that have been made. Through his power all things were made—things in heaven and on earth, things seen and not seen, all {spiritual} powers, authorities, lords, and rulers. All things were made through Christ and for Christ. Christ was there before anything was made. And all things continue because of him.

Colossians 1:15-17

It is important for you to understand what will happen in the last days. People will laugh {at you}. Those people will live following the evil things they want to do. Those people will say, "He (Jesus) promised to come again. Where is he? Our fathers have died. But the world continues the way it has been since it was made." But those people don't want to remember what happened long ago. The skies were there, and God made the earth from water and with water. All this happened by God's word. Then that world was flooded and destroyed with water. And that same word {of God} is keeping the skies and the earth that we have now. The skies and the earth are being kept to be destroyed by fire. The skies and the earth are kept for the day of judgment and the destruction of all people who are against God. But don't forget this one thing, dear friends: To the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not being slow in doing what he promised—the way some people understand slowness. But God is being patient with you. God doesn't want any person to be lost. God wants every person to change his heart and stop sinning.

2 Peter 3:3-9

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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