Easter Devotional – March 3

Matthew 8:23-27

23 When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26 He *said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

You’re in a boat and Antelope Valley-like winds kick up. Instead of tumbleweeds blowing across the freeway, waves are crashing over the boat. How can Jesus be sleeping?! He wakes up and makes it clear that He’s disappointed in their lack of faith. Then He commands the wind and the sea to stop. Seriously? Who is this guy that thinks just His words could rescue them from their dire situation? Then, the storm is just gone. The question quickly turns from “Who does He think He is?” to “Who is this man?”

Do you ever feel like you need to wake Jesus up to rescue you? Do you have the faith to believe that He’s got the wind and the sea under control?

Prayer: Lord of the wind and the sea, strengthen my faith…help me to follow You whatever the circumstances, wherever You lead.

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB © The Lockman Foundation (www.lockman.org)

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