S – Then a fierce windstorm came down on the lake; they were being swamped and were in danger. 24 They came and woke him up, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to die!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waves. So they ceased, and there was a calm. 25 He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, asking one another, “Who then is this? He commands even the winds and the waves, and they obey him!”
Luke 8:23–25 CSB
O – I know this is a lesson on the growing faith of the disciples but let me point out a different principle. Vs. 24, the word “rebuke” jumps out at me. That word means “to censure, an expression of sharp disapproval or criticism.” Jesus didn’t command them to stop…He told them how disappointed he was in them. He didn’t just stop the waves and wind. He demonstrated that he had authority over them like one who has control and approval over them. He was a Creator or an owner. Only God would have that type of relationship with a natural force.
A – My desire to stay in control of things is challenging. I must continue to yield control to God. He created all things, controls all things and has unique purposes for me today. I can trust in Him.
R – Lord, help me to do this.