“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him
to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd” (Matt. 14:22)
We can be smack in the center of God’s will and still go through terrible storms.
Christ loved the disciples with all His heart, yet He “made” them get into the boat
when He knew a storm was coming. They were exactly where they were
supposed to be and still experienced frightening turbulence.
Can you relate to the disciples? Have you experienced a time when you knew you
were where God wanted you to be, but the storms were overwhelming?
Not all the storms in life result from either sin or warfare. Some occur like
clockwork to purposely rock our boats. However, if Christ has appointed our place
in the storm, you can be sure He purposes a show. But, we must be looking past
our own boat to see Him.
Christ calls us to walk by faith through our storms. It seems like a big requirement
until we realize Christ does far more than that – He walks on the water during our
storms. God has placed all things under Christ’s feet – including the waves that
break relentlessly against us. He is in charge. He is right there.
Please don’t miss an important element in this story: Christ walked on the water
before He calmed the storm. If He had simply calmed the storm, the disciples
would have missed His majesty. And what a shame. His majesty was the whole
We want Christ to hurry and calm the storm. He wants us to find Him in the midst
of it first.