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Squalls

Anchor Devotional - 07.18.18


“He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Mark 4:40

WED The dictionary says a squall is “a sudden, violent gust of wind, often accompanied by rain.” I can testify that these come up often at sea. When we were greenhorns, they would take us by surprise, and we’d have to scramble. As we became more experienced sailors, we learned to reef early, shortening the sails or, if it was really threatening, taking them down altogether.

While Jesus was out on the Sea of Galilee with the disciples, “a furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.” The disciples were fishermen and acquainted with squalls, but that didn’t keep them from being terrified.

Even when we’ve been walking with the Lord, the squalls of life frighten us and threaten to swamp us. I have asked, like the disciples, “Don’t you care if I drown?” Have you ever been there? It seems God has lost control. He hasn’t. He’s the One whom even the wind and waves obey! Even that problem in my life that feels overwhelming, even that obeys Him and is doing a work in me for my good.

Scripture Focus

Mark 4:35-41

Insight

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him.” (Romans 8:28a)

Read the Bible

  • 2 Chronicles 19-20
  • Psalm 17
  • Matthew 24