Text: John 5:16-20
And when even was now come, his disciples went down unto the sea, And entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come to them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew. So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid. But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.
Once upon a time in John 6, Jesus’ disciples felt they knew what Jesus would expect them to do and they did it. Jesus had just gone up the mountain to avoid being derailed from his mission into becoming a physical and political king. But he stayed there for a bit too long–longer than the disciples expected. The disciples were not as bad as the Israelites at Sinai. They did not make any golden calf. They did not sin against the Lord. Rather, they felt in a circumstance like this, Jesus expected them to go to the other side of the lake and they started out to go. But not too long into that journey they experienced a storm
You see, storms don’t always arise because you had sinned. You might have thought you heard God before you started out into what you are doing. You might have even heard him–though the storm might be have risen some doubts in your heart by now. Or maybe you did not hear clearly. You just felt it was a noble thing to do for the Lord. You might have even gotten here by your own errors and mistake.
Whatever be the situation, But now you are in the midst of the storm. For a while you have done your best on the row. You have done all you know to do–fasting, praying, declaring the word, listening to or reading motivational materials, etc. they don’t seem to be working. Just look up and see Jesus The disciples suddenly saw Jesus in the midst of their crisis (John 6:19, NLT) . That shall be your testimony in Jesus Name. That crisis is not the end of the road for you. Jesus is still with you. He’s not only with us when we think we’re walking in perfect holiness. He says, ”Lo! I’m with you ALWAYS even till the end of age”. Your challenges are nothing to him. He rides on what threatens to sink you. He’s Lord of the elements.
LET US PRAY
Thank you Father because through the storm and the rain, you’re always with me and my situations are under your control
Today, I repent of every thing I’m doing that makes me feel far from you
I Commit my challenges to you Father please to take over from me
Father in your mercy save me from every drowning situation
Pray for the church of Christ
Pray that God will still the storm troubling your country
Pray for me too.
Matt 28:20, Heb 13:5