Mercy Street Church of Christ
Abilene, TX
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Hope for the Soul

Hope for the Soul
Matthew 8:23-27

All of us are facing storms in our lives of one variety or another. Broken homes, joblessness, loneliness, loss, world crises . . . these things slash at the very fabric of our hope in Christ. It may even seem as though we are lost, adrift at sea in a small boat during a monsoon. How on earth will we be able to reach the shore safely?

The disciples faced this fear as well. While they were crossing a lake in their small ship, the weather took a frightening turn for the worse, endangering the vessel and, the men assumed, their very lives. In desperation, they went to Jesus for help, but found Him asleep! They cried out, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” (Matthew 8:25 niv)

When Jesus awoke, He rebuked them for their lack of faith. Then He proceeded to calm the storm. Through this, He dramatically demonstrated His power, showing Himself to be Lord over all creation. It was also a clear lesson about where we are to turn when storms rise in our own lives.

Sometimes people interpret the challenging events of their lives as an indication that God isn’t paying attention. That is what the disciples thought—until Christ rose to calm the turbulent waters. What we, too, must realize is that, even when the world seems out of control, Jesus is still Lord of all.

So what should you do when you think Jesus is sleeping? The answer is simple: Thank God that He is in the boat with you.

Grace and peace to you,

For Mercy Street Ministries, I’m Stan Baldwin.

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