Faith Against the Storms

Matthew 8: 23-27
Am 3: 1-8; 4: 11-12 / Ps 5: 4-7

“Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
(Matthew 8:25)

Have faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord
Who keeps us safe from storms in life;
Let our confidence be restored
In Him alone against all strife.

Jesus got into a boat and His disciples followed Him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but Jesus was asleep. They came and woke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then He got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” (Matthew 8: 23-27)


After healing so many sick people, and driving out demons from the possessed, our Lord needed to take a break from the crowds, and decided to cross to the other side of the Lake of Galilee by boat. Not long after boarding, weary from the day’s work, Jesus fell asleep. Without warning, the winds suddenly whipped up a storm. And yet, there seemed to have been a purpose behind this sudden force of nature. It provided an opportunity for our Lord to demonstrate His divine power to His disciples so that their faith in Him may be fortified.

Our country is no stranger to storms. In fact, on average we are hit by twenty typhoons every year. The most powerful one that struck last year was typhoon Yolanda, which left a wide swath of destruction in the Visayas region, leaving thousands dead and almost a million displaced or homeless. A year before that, super typhoon Pablo also wreaked havoc in Mindanao, the first time that a storm of such magnitude visited our eastern shores. A BCBP brother in the Visayas related how floods had taken away or destroyed all their appliances, his records and many important documents, and left his house and their meeting place a total shambles. It was God-sent that brothers and sisters in nearby cities and provinces, not as badly damaged by the typhoon, sent foodstuffs and water, and some money to help them in their time of need. Many chapters and outreaches of BCBP also raised funds to extend assistance to the affected communities.

Storms are unavoidable events in our life that come without warning. But being men of faith, we believe that God would not have allowed them to happen if they would only break our will and send us to despair. Instead, as one brother said, if this was one way of carrying his cross to follow our Lord, then he was glad to be on the right path. After all, this was not as hard as what our Lord Jesus had endured for our sake. Besides, “In all these things, we shall conquer through Him Who loved us” (Rom.8:37). And for us who were far from the path of those storms, let us not merely pray and be grateful. More importantly, let the passage of storms stir up our deepest sentiments of mercy and generosity, so that our contributions of aid will foster love and hope in the affected areas, and bring us closer to our Lord Jesus, to Whom we also run for help in times of trouble in our own lives.

Dear God, we ask for Your strength and fortitude to be given to those who are suffering from the devastation caused by floods and typhoons. We also pray for Your mercy and generosity to be given to those who have the resources to help, so that a greater good will come out of these tragedies. Amen.

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