So many reasons to praise!
April 21, 2020: SOAP #3792: 1Samuel 24; Psalm 57, 58; 1Chronicles 8; Mat 8
Scripture: Matthew (NIV) 8: 23 Then he got into theboat and his disciples followed him. 24 Without warning, a furious storm cameup on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We're going todrown!” 26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you soafraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it wascompletely calm. 27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man isthis? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Observation: Beingwith Jesus did not prevent the disciples from going through storms. Jesus could walk on water, but He did notwalk away from his troubled disciples. TheOne with the three Hebrew children in the fire stayed with His disciples in thestorm.
The storm revealed to Jesusthings about the disciples. They thoughteverything was over. “We're goingto drown!” they said, but Jesus only rebuked them for having such littlefaith.
That same storm revealed somethings about Jesus to the disciples! They gained a new level of respect for Jesus. “What kind of a man is this? Even thewinds and the waves obey him!” He wasin the boat all the time!
Application: Seeminglywithout warning, the Coronavirus storm hastaken over much of the world. My God isbigger than this storm. My God is notlooking on from a safe distance; He is in 'my boat' with me! I expect to hear testimonies that He is stilla healer"even viruses and bacteria must bow at His Name! I expect to hear of miracles on behalf ofbusinesses whose goals are to serve people and honor God. I expect to hear of Holy Spirit inspiredplans about rebuilding businesses. Iexpect to hear of miracles in response to believing prayer outside the church walls. I expect to hear
Prayer: HeavenlyFather, I expect to hear testimonies and you expect to hear my praise andworship. May I be quick and generous ingiving you praise! Amen
Making friends for time and eternity!