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About-Him.Com Devotional 11-15-2003
The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.
Are you in the midst of a difficult situation? Are circumstances about to overwhelm you? Does it seem like the Lord is unaware? That pretty well describes all of us. The scripture below should give us assurance that nothing in our life escapes His notice. The simple cry of, "Master save us, we perish," will never go unanswered.
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
110: The Tempest Stilled: : Mt. 8:23-27; Mk. 4:37-41; Luke 8:23-25
Luke 8:23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy.
24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
Jesus and His disciples sailed to the other side of the lake followed by a group of other boats. Suddenly a great storm arises and Jesus seems unconcerned. He is asleep on a pillow in the back of the boat. “Master, don’t you care, if we die in this storm?” Jesus stood up and rebuked the storm and all became instantly quiet. He then rebuked the disciples for their lack of faith. Their only response was, “What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him."
Conclusion and Application:
The disciples left a big revival meeting and suddenly an unexpected storm developed. So what’s new, that’s life and is to be expected. What matters is how we deal with it!
These men had seen water turned into wine, paralytics healed, a withered hand restored, fevers rebuked, and they lose their faith because of a storm. Jesus is sleeping so perhaps He’s not aware or concerned. People haven’t changed much in two thousand years, have we?"
What manner of man is this? Simply, God in the flesh. Jesus did not cease to be God when He condescended to the manger of Bethlehem. He was fully God and fully man in one visible being. This incident illustrates that point very well. As a man Jesus was probably exhausted after a full day of preaching and teaching, so He laid down and went to sleep. As God, He never tired or grew weary (Isaiah 40:28) and He never sleeps. He was fully aware of the storm and the peril that all were facing. The Creator of heaven and earth arose and rebuked the wind and the wave and they obeyed Him.
Most of us will never be caught in a storm on a lake, but we have other storms raging all around us. We know that the One who rebuked the natural elements is well aware of everything that would try to destroy our faith. One thing we know is that He is touched by the feeling of our infirmities (Romans 8:26, Hebrews 4:15). We can cast all of our cares on the One who cares for us (I Peter 5:7). He reigns in heaven and there is no situation that I cannot take to Him and not receive a response. Just as the disciples cried out in their time of trouble, we can come boldly to His throne to find help in the time of need (Hebrews 4:16, 13:6).
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Oh, I sure am happy to see you," the little boy said to his grandmother on his mother's side. "Now maybe Daddy will do the trick he has been promising us."
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