I stumbled on something in Matthew 8:23 – 26 (Amplified)
23 And after He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him.
24 And suddenly, behold, there arose a violent storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered up by the waves; but He was sleeping.
25 And they went and awakened Him, saying, Lord, rescue and preserve us! We are perishing!
26 And He said to them, Why are you timid and afraid, O you of little faith? Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great and wonderful calm (a perfect peaceableness).
Things that stood out to me:
- Jesus lead the disciples into the boat (The boat could signify business, marriage, ministry, etc.) They were in the centre of GOD’s will and He was with them.
- Suddenly, due to no fault of theirs, a violent storm arouse that almost destroyed them. Bad things can confront you even when you are with GOD in the centre of His will.
- But Jesus was sleeping. Jesus was sleeping because His disciples did not engage him. They were in familiar territory so they thought in their hearts that they could handle it. They had experienced fishermen with them (Peter and Andrew), who had navigated deeper and more dangerous waters, so they believed their skill and experience could carry them through.
- After struggling with little or no success they were wise enough to go back to Jesus in good time, wake Him up, and request for His help. It was only then that Jesus intervened in the adverse situation and calmed the winds (the force behind the raging waves) and the sea (the physical thing almost burying them) and their was GREAT and WONDERFUL calm.
What did the Lord lead you into that is almost going under today? Is it you marriage, you business, your health, or ministry? Quit depending on your skills, abilities and qualifications! Call upon Him and plead your case. Engage Him!! As you do this may GREAT and WONDERFUL calm be restored to you in Jesus name.
Have a lovely day.