In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. NIV So begins the long torturous story of Job. It is packed with many lessons for us, including the overriding message that God is God and we are not.
Job struggled in his suffering and cried out to God, but he never turned away from God. Job knew the answer to God’s question, Is it your wisdom that sets the hawk soaring; CJB No. God alone controls the universe, He alone set it in motion. We can study the stars and we can learn the components, but we cannot make a star. We can begin with two wolves and in a thousand years end up with a tea-cup poodle or a St. Bernard, but we cannot create life, or even make a wolf anything but a dog.
In the reading today, Jesus shows us two things. First, Jesus is God for only God can calm a storm. Second, we need him to calm our own storms.
Most of us do not face the hardships of Job or of Paul, but we each have our own storms. Each storm comes and goes, but while we are in the storm it can be hard to remember that it will end. We must always remember the question Jesus asked of the disciples, Why are you so frightened? What has happened to your faith? Phillips
Be righteous and do good.