Luke 8:22–25 (ESV)
Jesus Calms a Storm
One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, 23 and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water
and were in danger. 24 And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?”
And they were afraid, and they marveled, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him?”
Today’s reading is a great story and display
of Jesus power. The main miracle is that he calms a storm, which shows that Jesus has power over nature and science. This should not be shocking since Jesus was present and part of creating the world. We do need to be reminded of His power
because we too often forget. Today’s story drives this point home when he calms the storm. What is interesting is to see the disciples fear and lack of faith. We too are really no different. We sit here reading the text
shaking our heads, but we too are no better. We turn our backs on God and choose to do things our way. We think we can handle it ourself and then call on God when we realize we can’t solve it or we get scared. I wonder how many times
that Jesus wants to tell us “Where is your faith?” When God does help us, we often forget to thank him for bailing us out of trouble. Then we wonder “Who then is this, that he commands even winds and water, and they obey him.
I pray: O Lord, forgive me for all the times that I call on you for help in a demanding way and then forget to thank you. Lord I take this time right now to thank you for giving me faith, forgiveness, salvation, and eternal life. These
are all from you and I am forever thankful. I also thank you for all the times you listen to me, even when I’m telling you how to do your job and I’m actually placing myself over you are dictating my will to you instead of praying “Thy
will be done.” I give thanks that you put up with me even when I behave in an unchristian way. I humbly repent and want to do better. Thank you for saving my life with your grace and mercy. Amen.