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“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.”  (Luke 8:24 NIV)

If you want to calm the storm in your life, wake up Jesus.  Today’s scripture is one of the most famous Bible stories. People who have never stepped foot in a church have heard about how Jesus calmed the storm.  The scene has been portrayed in movies time and time again. The storm is raging and Jesus is sleeping. His disciples are panicking, not knowing what to do, they wake Him up.  If you want to calm the storm in your life, wake up Jesus.

If you want to calm the storm in your life, wake up Jesus.

What does waking up Jesus mean in our lives?  One reason He may be napping in our own lives is because we’re trying to do it in our own strength.  We’ve forgotten Jesus is in the boat with us. We live in a time and place where things are easily acquired.  In America, there is an abundance of everything. Very few of us are actually worrying how we’re going to get our daily bread each day.  Very few of us are wondering what we will wear. Very few of us don’t have a roof of some sort over our head. We live in a country of abundance.  When we have as much as we do, we forget who it was that provided it for us. We forget Jesus.

But now our country is in a crisis.  A pandemic is sweeping the world. I’m writing this during social isolation from the coronavirus.  The media, for me, increases my anxiety if I watch too much of it. People are panicking, our livelihoods are being threatened, I have no idea what will happen by the time this blog posts.  One thing I do see happening, people are remembering Jesus is in the boat with us. They are waking Him up to calm the storm. And Jesus, in His grace and mercy will:

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV).

Jesus is waiting for us to remember He’s in the boat with us.  He’s waiting for us to humble ourselves, to pray and seek Him. When we do, He’ll calm the storm.

Question of the Day:

What storm do you need Jesus to calm for you today?

Further Reading: Deuteronomy 11:1-12:32 NIV, Luke 8:22-39 NIV, Psalm 70:1-5 NIV, Proverbs 12:4 NIV

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