Jesus got into a boat and his followers went with him. After the boat left the shore, a very bad storm began on the lake. The waves covered the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The followers went to Jesus and woke him. They said, "Lord, save us! We will drown!"
— Matthew 8:23-25 NLT
The biggest issue in this story is not the storm. Just like the biggest issue in each of our crises is not the crisis. It's all about trust. Can we trust the one we follow to provide for us through the storms of life? But more than that, the issue is whether or not we can trust his protection and care even when he does not appear to be paying attention to our troubles? The Psalms are full of cries of desperation, pleas for God to awaken to the people's plight, and for God to quit closing his eyes to their problems. But just as God sustained Israel through the storms of destruction and defeat, Jesus, Immanuel (God with us), will also sustain, protect and ultimately deliver his followers.
O Father, be near and not far. Hear my cries for those who are broken, defeated, and despairing. You alone can lighten their load and ease their burden. You alone can sustain them through their storms. Please hear their cries and my voice too, as we all offer up our requests for your sustaining and protecting care until the day we are delivered directly into your eternal presence. In Jesus' name I pray.
Related Scripture Readings
- Psalm 121:1-4
- Psalm 6:1-3
- Psalm 13:1-2
About This Devotional
What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.
What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.