Storm Shelter • Devotion #3: Storms Make For Good Sleeping Weather
Michael Fox | Production Director
Throughout our lives, there will be great storms that will rock our ship. It will also come in many forms and at unexpected times. Some of these storms may be small, while others feel as though they are threatening to rip our lives apart down to the very foundation. Sometimes it will be you alone in the storm or you and your spouse or children or family.
As a young believer, and even now, I often drift to thinking that because I know Jesus, there will be no storms. In Matthew 8, we read about a great storm, where the disciples were in fear for their lives. I think back to the storms in my life. When I was a teenager I had my first car accident, and I remember being afraid. When we were expecting our son, my wife had some complications, and I remember being afraid. My son recently had breathing problems during the night, and I remember being afraid. Through these trials, I often wonder if Jesus is “sleeping.”
I heard a statement the other day; “The teacher is always silent during a test.” During these trials, it is often easy for us to feel alone and feel like we have to face the storm head on with no one to help. The idea of storms and trials in life always reminds me of the book of Job. God gives everything that Job has to the Devil – his land, his money, and even his health. The only stipulation that God gives the Devil is that he cannot kill Job. Throughout the book of Job, the trials that Job is put through become more and more brutal. Everybody in Job’s life is telling him to curse God and die because dying would be better than what he was going through. However, Job holds fast, and he stands firm on what he believes. God says enough is enough and blesses Job beyond his wildest dreams.
What I have found is key to hold onto, and often is not our first reaction during a storm, is that Jesus is right there by our side. He does not always remove the storm, but there is a sweet relief in knowing He will help us through the storm. Jesus calls us to believe and to have faith. He promises to deliver us in Psalm 50:15, “And call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me,” ultimately to glorify Him.
Matthew 8:23-27 says, “And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, ‘Save us, Lord; we are perishing.’ And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?’ Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, ‘What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?’”
Jesus shows us a perfect example to follow in Matthew 8. While the storm was raging, Jesus was sleeping. He had full trust in His Father God that He would protect Him and deliver Him, so that He was able to sleep through the storm. This ultimately shows where our faith should be, fully in Jesus.