Jesus Calms the Storm

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He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Psalm 107:29 ESV

A story is told in Matthew 8:23-27 about Jesus and His disciples traveling on a boat. At some point during the journey, Jesus fell asleep. While He was sleeping, a great tempest rose up at sea. The storm was so powerful, the boat was covered with waves. But Jesus remained asleep.

His disciples came to wake Him because they were fearful and wanted Him to save them. Jesus got up, rebuked the waves and the sea and there was a great calm. Jesus’s words to His disciples echo across the centuries,

Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? (Matthew 8:26 KJV)

The word translated as tempest is the Greek word seismós, (pronounced sice-mos’). Seismós could have been translated as a commotion, i.e. (of the air) a gale, (of the ground) an earthquake, or tempest.

Life on earth is filled with challenges–things that shake us up and threaten to shake our faith. But God doesn’t ask us to go through the storms of life alone. He gives us the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in us as a way for us to come safely through our storms.

Not only that, Jesus has the power to calm the storms and we should put our trust in Him. My friend, I don’t know what kind of tempest you’re facing today, but I know you can trust Jesus to calm the storm in your life.


Father, I’m so thankful that You have the power to calm the storm. You speak and the winds and sea obey. Thank You for giving me the power of the Holy Spirit who remains with me in the storm and takes me safely through it. Help me to trust You even when it seems as if the storm may overturn my boat. In Jesus’s name, I pray, Amen.

Pause for Reflection

  • What storms are your facing today?
  • How have you experienced God’s ability to calm the storms of life?
  • Write a prayer listing the storms you’re facing and thanking God for walking with you through them.

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Jesus Calms the Storm
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