Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!” (Matthew 8:26-27 NLT)
Today’s note comes from the story in Matthew of Jesus calming the storm the disciples found themselves in.
How big does a storm have to be or become that causes you to lose your faith? I have a family who came to me one day visibly upset. Faith, at this point, was on vacation. The problem: the family checking account balance had dipped just below $5,000. They were desperate; “please pray for us, we are in crises mode.”
So, I said sure let’s pray, by all means. It’s funny what goes through your mind as you are praying for someone. While praying I was thinking, “I sure wish I has their problem.” I would be in “high cotton” with their checkbook balance.
In all our lives God is doing 2 activities all the time.
1) Growing, strengthening, and purifying our faith. Our faith is valuable to him. Like pure gold.
2) Calming our storms.
His goal for our lives is to be conformed into the likeness of his Son, Jesus and to keep us safe in this world.
I want Jesus to take our little faith and grow it. I often give him what I have as something to work with so he can let me learn how to speak to the wind and the waves or my situation and say, “peace!” with real authority.
May He calm your storm today!