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You of Little Faith, Why Are You So Afraid?

Matthew 8:26

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

RamonBlogI imagine most of us know this story – the story where we could find today’s passage.  But some may not so I will share the story.  According to Matthew’s narrative – Jesus had just finished teaching and healing – as a crowd gathered.  He healed a man with leprosy.  A centurion came to him and showed great faith by sharing that he believed Jesus had power over sickness and could just say the word and his servant would be healed.  Jesus told those gathered – I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. (Matthew 8:10) Many demon filled people came forward and Jesus healed them – casting out the evil spirit(s).  Jesus and His disciples got into a boat and headed out over the water.  Let’s read that portion of the story.

Matthew 8:23-27 – 23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”

SandyHookNewtonCTWhat storms are in your life?  What sicknesses?  What difficult circumstances are you facing? I know that I have had a hard time dealing with the death of my father and I know of others who have had deaths in their families this year.  Christmas will not be easy to face this year for many.  Are there storms in your life?  Storms that need more than we can muster ourselves?  Storms that need the hand of Jesus?  Do we have faith that Jesus can handle the storms in our life?  Do we turn to Him?

Think for a moment about the families impacted by the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  This tragedy cries out for a response.  No human thought or understanding can explain this event or bring peace.  This storm in the life of the families involved and even our nation cries out for Jesus.  What will our response be to such a tragedy?  Will the community of Newtown reach out to Jesus for help?  Will the Christian churches in that community present Jesus as the source of power and healing?  What about our nation?  Will we turn our hearts to Jesus for healing from such a storm?

DoNotGiveUpA dear friend reminded me this week of a picture I sent them recently during a storm in their life.  The picture had brought them great comfort.  It had been by their side as they dealt with the storm in their life.  I share it again today for those who might be going through storms – difficult times – in the hope that it will bring them/us hope and the assurance of Jesus in our lives.  Often when the storms of life happen we might feel like giving up.  We might feel like there is no hope.  We might fell like we should just give up.  About the time we are ready to give up… Jesus comes alongside and whispers… Don’t quit, keep going… keep your eyes on Me.

That is what Jesus is trying to tell His disciples in today’s story.  Jesus had just healed the sick.  At least one of those who were sick was not even in His presence.  He had just cast out demons.  He was showing His authority over the body and the soul and the disciples couldn’t understand.  They were fearful of a little storm.  Jesus showed power over sickness – over demonic forces – and now – on the boat – over the winds and the waves.  The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”  Readers – we have access to this Jesus if we reach out and take His hand.  I pray that we will do just that today!  I pray that we will have the faith to reach out and grasp the hand of Jesus.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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December 17, 2012 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | , , ,

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