Saint for the day: Irenaeus (130? – 220)
Amos 31-8; 4:11-12 – Psalm 5 – Matthew 8:23-27
None of us are totally free from all anxiety. We see storms of every type raging on all sides. But we are God’s chosen people. Why is he testing us like this?” “Wake up, Jesus, we are perishing!”
The OT is filled with the fickle journey of chosen people. They swear allegiance one day and seek false God’s the next. It is an outline of the life of all peoples. “Is there anything new under the sun?” Like a good parent God chastises His children to teach them trust. And when the storms rage mighty we only need to call to Him, “Jesus! Awake! We are perishing!”
The miracles of Jesus, recorded in the Gospels are miracles of salvation: calming the raging storms; strengthening weak limbs; giving sight to those in darkness & opening ears to hear the voice of God.
But we are stubborn and want to go our own way even though we have seen the wonder of Jesus’ life. God continues to call us out of darkness and so often we thrash about in muddy waters & wonder where God is. Wake Up!