Words from the Heart for Sunday September 23rd, 2018
The disciples were amazed. They asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Matthew 8:27 (NIRV)
Even the Winds and the Waves
Once again in the scriptures we are meeting the Creator God who alone has the authority and the power to command the winds and the waves. When Jesus rescued His disciples He was also revealing Himself to them. The Lord is ever mindful of our need and is always the Greater One who can bring the miracle to meet that need.
Winds play a major role in the heat and moisture balance of Canada. They pick up moisture from the oceans and lakes and distribute it across the country as precipitation. They transport heat from the oceans and from southerly latitudes into the interior and bring down cold air from the Arctic to the rest of the country and beyond. In Canada, wind speed is strongest in the North. Resolution Island, NWT, has the greatest average annual wind speed in the country at 35.5 km/h.
The longer that Jesus was with His disciples, the more they were amazed at Him. He healed people, He cast out demons, He forgave sins, He fed crowds. It seemed that there wasn’t anything He couldn’t do. They would find out just how right they were. As Jesus and His disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee, a severe storm broke out, as happens on that lake. Jesus, always at peace, was sleeping in the back of the boat. In a panic, the disciples woke Him up and pled with Him to save them. To their absolute amazement, Jesus rebuked the wind and waves and they obeyed Him. Matthew 8:27 says, “The disciples were amazed. They asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!” What the disciples failed to realize was that they were in the presence of the Creator of the world. He spoke the world into being. Calming the storm was not a challenge for Him. Neither is it a great challenge for Him to calm the storms in your life. Have you asked Him to do so?
These have been words from the heart.