Wind and Waves

I listened to a sermon this evening about Jesus calming the wind and waves.

Recently, I heard a song that spoke of how the wind and waves “still know His Name.”

Jesus can control every storm.

Nothing is too difficult for Him.

Dangerous is a word that applies to what could harm us.

There is nothing dangerous to Jesus…

 

One day Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out.  As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger.

 The disciples went and woke Him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”

When Jesus woke up, He rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm.  Then He asked them, “Where is your faith?”

The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When He gives a command, even the wind and waves obey Him!”

—Luke 8:22-25

 

 

 

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The Wind Blows

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Nicodemas was a Pharisee who was alive during Jesus’ time on the earth.

This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do these signs that you do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

—John 3:2-8

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Raging Wind

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Do you ever just feel small?

While eating dinner out this evening, I received a weather alert on my phone.

A severe thunderstorm was in the vicinity and lightning, high winds and hail could be expected.

After I left the restaurant and a few miles down the road, I noticed the sky above a parking lot.

The clouds were moving in, along with the rain.

A deep orange haze was beginning to tint the darkening sky.

I wasn’t afraid, even though the clouds seemed so large and threatening above me.

I knew I had shelter and that I would be home soon.

If I hadn’t had shelter, I would certainly have been wishing for it.

In the Bible, King David wrote about the pain he felt when a friend had turned against him:

I said, “If only I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and find rest.
How far away I would flee;
I would stay in the wilderness.Selah

I would hurry to my shelter
from the raging wind and the storm.”

—Psalm 55:6-8

We can see other kinds of storms in our lives.

Not the wind and rain storms, but storms of illness or broken relationships or perhaps a job loss.

Sometimes life can seem to loom above us like threatening clouds.

The only true shelter is God.

When we realize how small we truly are in the face of adversity, we must hurry to God.

He will be our protection from the raging wind and storm.

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He Who Forms Mountains and Creates the Wind

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Driving around the town one morning, my husband and I noticed a windmill placed on top of a home in a residential area.

That’s not a common thing to see…..

It was obviously very important in someone’s mind.

There was no doubt that day which direction the wind was blowing.

God has created all things.

Amos 4:13 reads,

For behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind
And declares to man what are His thoughts,
He who makes dawn into darkness
And treads on the high places of the earth,
The LORD God of hosts is His name.

What would it be like if we were as obedient to God as the windmill is to the blowing of the wind?

Whatever way the air is moving, the windmill responds.

It never decides, “I don’t want to move that way.”

This direction—-that direction—-it’s all up to the wind to decide.

This direction—-that direction—-shouldn’t it all be up to God to decide for you?

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He Calmed the Storm

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I could see the storm coming over the beach and out to sea.

The unrelenting power of the wind and rain.

Vast and uncontrollable, it could not be stopped.

The storms in our lives look just like that, don’t they?

Unrelenting.

Powerful.

Vast.

Uncontrollable.

God sees things in a different way than we do.

The storm at the beach was not too big for Him.

The storms in our lives aren’t either.

He has the power to calm the wind and the waves.

 

He calmed the storm to a whisper
    and stilled the waves.

–Psalm 107:29

 

 

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