"Portrait of Fearful Disciples"
November 29, 2003Email to a FriendPrint
He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Matthew 8:26
The above question of our Savior is still a valid one for us today. Our fears have many sources: nature's devastations, the economy, the job market, health, social pressures, foreign enemies, neighborhood violence, personal guilt, and many more. Our Lord's power to still any of our restless seas has not diminished.
The storm threatening the disciples was real. They were veteran fishermen experienced on this sea. Yet they were so frightened that they said, "We're going to drown" They didn't seem to remember what it means to have Christ with them.
It wasn't the storm that awakened the sleeping Savior; it was the prayer of his frightened disciples. His response was immediate and was directed at the real problem: anxiety. He first stilled their hearts, then addressed Himself to the storm. The storms of life unsettle us because our hearts are not firmly anchored in Him.
Wherever Christ is, there life's storms become a great calm. In His presence and by His almighty power tempests turn to peace, winds of sorrow become gentle breezes of comfort, seas of doubts become quiet harbors of faith.
PRAYER: Lord of the storms, quiet our restless hearts and anchor them firmly in You, our Rock, our Rest. Amen.
(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)