Miracles of Jesus, 2

Calming of the Storm at Sea – Have trust in God

He got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm* came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”* Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”           Matthew 8:23-27

In this story, the disciples are gripped by fear because of a violent storm developing around them. In the midst of the fearsome situation, Jesus wakes up from his sleep and commands the waves and winds to calm down. He also rebuked his followers for having “little faith”.

Just like Jesus’s disciples, we are sometimes vulnerable to our human weakness. During life’s storms, we might find ourselves faltering and failing. We become afraid and we rely on earthly solutions instead of spiritual answers to fix our problems.

The miracle of Jesus calming the storm at sea reminds us to grow faith in God. As long as we believe in the power of God and his unwavering love for us, we can weather any storm and overcome upheavals that come our way.

This story is similar to the one when the disciples are in another storm on the lake, but Jesus isn’t in the boat.   He is far offshore.   Yet, Jesus comes to them walking on the sea.    The story ends with a sea calmed, too, but then an added walking out in faith lesson for Peter and the other apostles.

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