Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
“The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!””
(Matthew 8:27 (NIV))
Everyone should recognize this passage from when Jesus calmed the winds and the waves with His words. It is one thing to read it. It is a completely different thing to place yourself into the situation that lead up to this.
Have you ever been in a small boat without an engine and probably without any shelter from the elements? You are out in the middle of a large body of water. It is one big enough that you cannot see either shore when you are in the middle of the water. You are far from land and a very violent storm suddenly appears. The winds are blowing the boat and the waves are rocking it. It is completely out of control. You see no end in sight!
You are in a panic.
You feel that you are going to be cast overboard, or the boat will capsize, and you will drown.
You have probably never felt more terrified in all of your life!
In the midst of this scene, Jesus is asleep. Someone in the boat wakes Him up and with just a few words spoken to the wind and the waves, they completely stop!
You have been rescued out of the middle of what looked to be certain death and it had been done with just the spoken word!
How would you react?
Would you be able to speak?
Would you be in awe at the power that Jesus was able to bring into the situation?
Would you feel a little fearful of the one who calmed the sea with His words?
If you stop to think about this situation, Jesus did for all of us through the cross what He did for His disciples on that boat. With His spoken word, life was restored from the certain brink of death. When He cried out that it was finished, He completed the way to safety for all who would believe.