We are continuing the course into day 3. Over the next week or two, I’m sharing thoughts in connection with instances throughout the book of Matthew where faith is mentioned.
I’ve recently experienced a storm in my life. A storm that lead me to think there is no way out, this ship is going down. In these storms you continue thinking to yourself this is beyond my control, this feels like checkmate. There is no clear solution to the problem. Have you been there? In these situations do you go straight to God for help? I have to be honest, my first reaction is to fix it, followed by an ounce of fear, a pint of anger and a gallon of frustration. This ultimately leads to a feeling of little hope.
Then finally in faith I cry out, “Jesus, save me!” You would think as a follower of Christ I’d get a gold star response for reaching out to God. However, I’ve been walking this walk for awhile now. I personally think, I should know better then to feed into the deception of my own sinful nature. At my cry out for him to help, I bet his response was much like the response he gave his disciples, as they were all on their boat through that violent storm.
Matthew 8:25 And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
So after feeding into my own desires, my own sinful nature, and trying everything my way – I remembered this one thing. His ways have always been better than my ways. I can always put my trust and faith in the Lord and his word. And in that moment when I cried out to God for help and put it all into prayer, can you guess what came soon after?
He rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
Thank you Jesus, may we always be quick to put our faith in you. Amen.