23 Then he got in the boat, his disciples with him. 24 The next thing they knew, they were in a severe storm. Waves were crashing into the boat—and he was sound asleep! 25 They roused him, pleading, “Master, save us! We’re going down!”
26 Jesus reprimanded them. “Why are you such cowards, such faint-hearts?” Then he stood up and told the wind to be silent, the sea to quiet down: “Silence!” The sea became smooth as glass.
27 The men rubbed their eyes, astonished. “What’s going on here? Wind and sea come to heel at his command!” (Matthew 8:23-27 TMS)
When I look around it seems that we are in a season of stormy seas. Storms bring anxiety and unrest. Our denomination seems to be headed towards separation. Our church will welcome a new pastor later this year. Both events are on roads that we have not traveled before. Try as we might, we don’t know what lies ahead.
The disciples were amazed when Jesus calmed the angry seas with his voice. In the gospel of John, Jesus tells us to not let our hearts be troubled, that he is giving us his peace, not the world’s peace, but his peace.
We may not know what the future holds. The sea is indeed stormy. But we have the assurance that Jesus can calm the storm. The church, the body of Christ will continue the work of building God’s kingdom. It most likely will be different than what we have gotten comfortable with, but it will continue.
Will you join me in walking and praying with the assurance and confidence of the peace of Christ?
Lord, speak to the storms of our day and calm the angry seas. Amen.
Always, to God be the glory!