One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples.
In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”—Luke 8:22-25
On the lake of Galilee in the midst of the storm, Jesus was able to sleep while his disciples were terrified. He challenged them with the fact that God was with them even in the midst of the storm.
Storms are tangible, and those who have survived a hurricane or tornado can attest to the awesome power of nature. The storms in our lives are also just as real and legitimate—a diagnosis, a failed marriage, parenting.
God can be trusted to be intimately a part of every day, every action, and every part of our lives. The God we are called into relationship with is intimately involved in our lives. Storms present real threats to our lives, but you will never be afraid of the storm when you encounter the God who calms the storm.
Question: What storm are you going through right now? How are you handling it? Be honest! Pray through the storms you are facing together with your life group or accountability partner.
Family Chat: What's been bothering you this week? (Parents, make it safe for your kids to talk about anything with you. Let them know that you are there to help them think through things as things come up).
Take Action: Today, serve someone in need or give to support someone else in a storm.