16 "No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.
17 For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open.
18 Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him."
19 Now Jesus' mother and brothers came to see him, but they were not able to get near him because of the crowd.
20 Someone told him, "Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you."
21 He replied, "My mother and brothers are those who hear God's word and put it into practice."
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, "Let's go over to the other side of the lake." So they got into a boat and set out.
23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!" He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
25 "Where is your faith?" he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him."
The Nature of Light (8:16~21)
Hiding or covering up light defeats its entire purpose. Light exists to travel as far as it can reach to reveal things hidden by darkness and help us see the things we would otherwise be blind to. The Gospel message is the same. The very nature of truth is that it cannot and will not remain concealed—it will always be revealed in the end. Jesus does not proclaim the Good News only to an exclusive group of people who will carefully guard it and keep it to themselves. He wants His disciples to go out and proclaim the Gospel to all who are willing to listen. And to everyone who hears His Word and puts it into practice, He gives the promise of adoption into His family.
- What are you doing with the Good News that has been entrusted to you? Are you hiding it under a bowl or putting it on a stand?
Calm within the Storm (8:22~25)
It is one thing to witness a miracle of deliverance; it is another thing entirely to experience it yourself. The disciples have seen Jesus cast out demons, heal the sick, and even raise the dead. But when they are caught in their own storm and fear that the wind and the waves will overcome them, they do not ask for His help—they simply shake their Master awake and announce that they are all going to drown. They believe that Jesus has power over the spirits and sickness, but over the forces of nature? Surely not! Jesus puts their doubts to rest as He commands the storm to retreat, and then asks them, “Where is your faith?” It is a good question, and one we should also ask ourselves when we are in the midst of a storm and are filled with terror rather than trust.
- When you find yourself tossed about by the storms of life, where is your faith? Does it dissolve into a mere memory, or is it the anchor that keeps you from drowning?
A letter to God
Lord Jesus, You have authority over all things—spirits, sickness, storms, and everything else that threatens to steal our hope. Help me to hold on to Your Word and turn to You when trials come my way. In Your mighty name. Amen.
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