Today's Verse

Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. — Matthew 8:24 NLT

Devotion

When the storms of life rise up, what are you like? When it even gets to the point where the waves of life are breaking in upon you, what kind of attitude do you have?

On the one hand, some Christians are more like the disciples of Jesus. The disciples were in a boat with Jesus crossing the Sea of Galilee. As our verse for today says, suddenly a fierce storm struck the lake and waves were breaking into the boat. How did the disciples handle it? They were afraid. They panicked. They woke up Jesus shouting, "Lord, save us! We're going to drown!" (Matthew 8:25) Some Christians are like that. They panic when trouble strikes and they lose control of themselves. They're the kind of people that are not of much use when things get bad.

On the other hand, some Christians are more like Jesus. When the storm struck, Jesus was sleeping in the boat. When the disciples woke Him up, He was not afraid and he did not panic. Instead, He said to them, "Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!" Then He got up and rebuked the wind and waves and there was a great calm. (Matthew 8:26). Some Christians are like that. They don't let the troubles of life make them afraid or make them panic. Instead, they rise up in faith and confront the trouble head on. They rebuke it in the name of Jesus and they persevere and overcome.

Although Jesus told us that we can have a rich and satisfying life in Him (John 10:10), He also told us that it would come with trouble and persecutions. (Mark 10:30). The only question is how much trouble will there be and how much persecution. Satan and his demons are still stirring up the storms of life and are still causing the waves of life to break in upon us. As a result, we have to deal with them. We have to have the right demeanor and attitude.

Maybe the Lord is asking you to go through a storm of life right now. Maybe the waves of life are breaking in upon you. If so, then look to Jesus. Refuse to let fear dominate you. Refuse to let panic overcome you. Instead, let your faith rise up within you and confront what needs to be confronted.

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