The Storm Became The Path

The Storm on the Sea of Galilee
Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn 1606 – 1669
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

The Storm Became The Path


READ Luke 6:1-49

SITUATION Jesus called and appointed his apostles. He spent the next three years teaching them.

OBSERVATION The night before Jesus appointed the Twelve Apostles, he prayed.

INSPIRATION "Jesus went off to a mountain to pray . . ." (Luke 6:12).

Maybe he didn't ask for anything. Maybe he just stood quietly in the presence of Presence and basked in the Majesty. Perhaps he place his war-weary self before the throne and rested.

Maybe he lifted his head out of the confusion of earth long enough to hear the solution of heaven. Perhaps he was reminded that hard hearts don't faze the Father. That problem people don't perturb the Eternal One.

We don't know what he did or what he said. But we do know the result. The hill became a steppingstone; the storm became the path. And the disciples saw Jesus as they had never seen him before.

During the storm, Jesus prayed. The sky darkened. The winds howled. Yet he prayed. The people grumbled. The disciples doubted. Yet he prayed. When forced to choose between the muscles of men and the mountain of prayer, he prayed.

Jesus did not try to do it by himself. Why should you?

There are crevasses in your life that you cannot cross alone. There are hearts in your world that you cannot change without help. There are mountains that you cannot climb until you climb his mountain.

Climb it. You will be amazed. (From In the Eye of the Storm by Max Lucado)

APPLICATION All around you people are hurting, even Christian brother and sisters. Think of how you can meet their needs and encourage them. Follow Jesus' example and pray for them.

EXPLORATION Discipleship--Matthew 10:42; 28:19; Luke 14:33; John 8:31-32; 13:35; 15:8.

The Devotional Bible - Experiencing the Heart of Jesus , Max Lucado General Editor, New Century Version, Thomas Nelson Publishers

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