When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed (Matthew 14:32-33, NLT)
When was the last time you heard someone say, “I’m excited about this storm!”? You probably haven’t heard that often, if ever, because storms traditionally have a negative connotation. Just think about the impact of Hurricane Florence and you’ll understand what I’m saying. No one gets excited about the potential loss of life, loved ones, or personal property.
The verses included with this post, however, show that storms can be positive. When the storm the disciples endured in Matthew 14 ended, two good things happened:
- The disciples recognized their protection. After the stormy winds ceased, the disciples paused and worshiped Jesus. Although it’s not explicitly stated, I think they connected the calm sea with Jesus’ presence. He was their protection and deserved their worship.
- The disciples had a renewed perspective. In addition to viewing Jesus as their protector, the also recognized Him as the Son of God. The disciples didn’t vacillate; unanimously, they arrived at the same conclusion. Only the Son of God could calm a storm like that!
What positive effect have storms had on you? Are you stronger? Are you wiser? Are you more in love with Jesus? If so, you’re a living witness that storms can make you better!