Tuesday, 2/4/14 Storms
The account of Jesus walking on water is found in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and John. Matthew 14:22 reads: Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. There are several notable events related to that story but today I choose to focus on the violent storm Jesus’ Disciples encountered on that day and how it relates to all of us. First, it is apparent that Jesus practically forced His disciples to get on the boat that would take them to Bethsaida, a town that was on the opposite side of the Sea Of Galilee. That is interesting when you consider that Jesus knew full well that they would find themselves in the middle of a storm later that night. There are two things we can gather here: One is that the Disciples were not aware of what was waiting for them out in sea. Our storms are like that too; they often come without warning. The other thing is that God knows exactly when we’ll be encountering a storm in our life but it is His will that we go through it anyway. A line from an old Andre Crouch song, “Through It All” comes to mind here. It says: “For if I’d never had a problem, I wouldn’t know that God could solve them; I’d never know what faith in God could do.”
Nobody wants to go through a storm, but what the song line I just shared declares is true. How else would we know that God will see us through if we have never gone through a difficult trial and survived it? Many of us have learned what the Disciples learned that night, that though it did not seem like it at first, they were not alone; Jesus came to them.
If you are going through a rough stretch in your life, don’t be afraid; you’re not alone. Jesus will come to you too. And if you listen with your heart you too will hear Him say: Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid. (Mt. 14:27) After you hear these words and truly believe them you will soon realize that your storm is past.
Memory verse for the week: But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)