God is present in the storms of your life
Today's devotion is based on Mark 4:35-41. "On that day, when evening had come, He (Jesus) said to them, "Let us go across to the other side." And leaving the crowd, they took Him with them in the boat, just as He was. And other boats were with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat so that the boat was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" And He awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, "Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?" And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?"
It is a rare believer who can honestly say his or her life has been lived without thunder and lightning or wind and wave. Often, and without warning, those storms of life come sweeping over the bow and gunnels of our ship, and we can be afraid.
Still, as our text shows, when Jesus is with us, we don't have to be afraid of the wind and waves. He who gave His life to save our souls is not going to forget our bodies. That is why I am convinced: with Holy Spirit-given faith. I know that not even the most dangerous swells are able to swamp, sink, or swallow me. Don't be discouraged in the storms of life, for Jesus will send His Holy Spirit to bring you through every bad situation. If you do, you will find that storms not only test, but they also bless, as God works through them, shaping us according to His divine mercy and grace.
Please pray with me: Lord, grant us a faith that has learned to be content in whatever situation or storm we find ourselves, for you have promised us that you will never forsake us. In Jesus' Name, we pray. Amen.