Monday, September 8, 2014
“And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm” (Matthew 8:25,26 KJV).
Like Israel learned in today’s Scripture, we too must realize to trust the Lord Jesus Christ when “the storms of life” batter us.
In a previous study, we commented on how life on this sin-filled planet is uncertain. While most people do not believe the Bible, they doubtless agree with Job 14:1, which says, “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” From daily hassles to life-altering events, the human life is “full of trouble.”
Take a few moments to recall that Jesus Christ, the sinless Son of God, had plenty of trouble—after escaping at least two assassination attempts during His earthly life and ministry, His last day alive He faced a betrayal, thrice-denial, insults, spitting and jeering critics, an unfair trial, merciless punching and beatings, and an awful crucifixion (culminating with a fatal, but very slow, asphyxiation). Think on that when you complain of having a “bad day!”
It is ever so easy to look at dire physical circumstances and become hysterical (like the disciples did in today’s Scripture), but the Bible says, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18). Like the disciples should have done, we are to look beyond physical circumstances, to see God’s truth with the eyes of faith (Hebrews 11:1).
Rather than falling apart when those tempests arise on our calm waters, we have to remember and believe the Lord Jesus’ words to us. Jesus Christ, because we have placed our faith solely in Him as complete payment for our sins, has promised to take us to “the other side,” to see us through “the storms of life.” Let us briefly consider what He has spoken to us to give us spiritual fortification….
Our latest Bible Q&A: “Is ‘Jesus’ a mistake in the King James Bible in Hebrews 4:8?”