(KJV.) ST. LUKE 8:23-25
(23) But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of the 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.
THE STORMS OF LIFE
Brethren, oftentimes, unexpectedly, we find ourselves in storms of life, overburden with sufferings; when that happens, who do we call for help? Good question, we may turn to associates, friends and family members, lean on them for emotional, psychological or physiological supports; and whether we find the comfort and peace needed to overcome our troubles, it is our own perception; at times, one must continue to press against these sources for longer time periods, until they experience the breakthrough; however, in believers lives, there is only one remedy, solution to storms of life; and that Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, who eradicated sufferings, grant victories by his crucifixion, death and resurrection; not only that, but can also uplift souls from setbacks, move them forward with grace, peace, joy and eternal blessings; therefore, if we find ourselves in any type of storm, let us call upon the Mighty Name of Jesus! He is the answer to all problems.
In the above text, Jesus went into a ship with his disciples: said unto them, "Let us go over unto the other side of the lake.", as they took off, he fell asleep, and there came down a storm of the wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in danger of losing the boat, harming themselves, failing to make it to the other side; the disciples came to Jesus, woke him up, saying Master, master, we perish. Jesus woke up, rebuked the wind, the forceful water, and they stopped raging, and there was peace; at times, when storms of life, pressed against our souls, emotionally, we fell disrupted, devastated and downcasted, this is abnormal, it happened to the disciples in this text; though they knew who Jesus was, his capabilities to solve problems, saw his miracles, yet when they were in the windy storm, their faith in him was shaken, feared for their lives, cried out to him for help, to save their souls; therefore, let us be encouraged to have faith in Jesus, no matter what type of storm we find ourselves, whether in the windy storms, devasting waves of the sea, rains, and flood waters or fires; all is not lost, we still have our lives to live, and there is no type of storm that is too mighty for Jesus Christ to conquer, rebuke, calm down, dry out, and replenish with blessings; therefore, if we find ourselves in storms of life; let us be still, and know that this too shall pass, and we belong to a mighty warrior, Jesus Christ, pray fervently, praise, give thanks to him, be peaceful, and trust him to calm storms, restore lost blessings, and may the peace of our Father, keep our hearts and minds to have unwavering faith in Jesus Christ forever.
Dearly beloved, after Jesus rebuked the wind, calmed the raging water; he said unto his disciples, Where is your faith? Believers, without faith it is impossible to overcome storms of life; when in a storm, believe that we are not alone, but with Jesus, call upon his holy name, pray for deliverance, and strength to overcome; as storms presses against our souls, never feel downcasted with sadness, have anxieties, but press on with faith, read the scriptures, and sing songs of praises to our Father; regardless of how we feel, have faith, that all things are possible through the strength of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Trust in him! Amen and Amen!
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
(KJV.) St. Luke 4:35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him and hurt him not.