What Jesus Did! 'What Kind of Man?' — Matthew 8:26-27

Monday, April 10, 2017

Jesus answered, "Why are you afraid? You don't have enough faith." Then Jesus stood and gave a command to the wind and the waves. The wind stopped, and the lake became very calm. The men were amazed. They said, "What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the water obey him!"
— Matthew 8:26-27 NLT
Illustration of Matthew 8:26-27 NLT — "Why are you afraid? You don't have enough faith."   ——   "What kind of man is this? Even the wind and the water obey him!"

Key Thought

There is nothing that can stand in the way of Jesus. No enemy has the power—he simply casts out the demons. No teacher or skeptic can stump him with a question. No disease can withstand his call for healing. Not even nature can baffle or threaten him. He is not just a man. He is God's Son. He is Immanuel, God with us. But until we can fully understand who he is, we can be secure that he will care for us and bring us to his home! Fear is not just being troubled with circumstances; it also is the uncertainty about what will ultimately happen to us. Jesus shows his disciples that their safety, their destiny, is under his command and nothing can withstand his grace offered to bless his disciples.

Today's Prayer

My God, Almighty Lord, please act with your strong power to still the storm in the hearts of those I love. Give them peace and calm and lead them to know that Jesus is not only their source of help, but that he is so much more than a mere mortal man. In the name of Jesus my Lord I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 14:29-33
  • Isaiah 51:9
  • Romans 8:38-39


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.