Overcoming The Worst Storm Of Your Life!
The worst storm in their lives raged around their boats. Men who made their living on the seas were afraid they were going to die. The ships were taking on water, it seemed they didn't have long to live.
As they set off that evening, it must've been like many other times, sailing to the other side. They’d left a giant crowd where Jesus taught Kingdom principles. The audience was so great they had to get in a ship to escape the thronging crowd. Jesus told His disciples to take him to the other side of the lake.
On the first part of their journey, the disciples and Jesus were resting. Jesus himself had fallen into a deep sleep. The demands placed upon Jesus and his followers meant they had little time to rest, sometimes no time to eat.
As we read this story, we know what was awaiting them on the other side of the lake. But for these men, they were sailing into the unknown. Jesus hadn't told them the purpose of their journey, they were sailing on faith, and the enemy tried to stop them.
The storm they were in had caused them to lose their bearings, they had no clue where the winds blew them.
Finally, they'd had enough and woke Jesus telling him they were going to die.
When Jesus got up, the ship was still sinking and the winds were howling. He had to hold on to keep himself upright and in the boat.
He rebuked the storm and immediately the seas were calm as glass.
What's even more amazing is the fact that when the seas calmed, they were already on the other side at the exact place they needed to be. An amazing miracle was about to take place and a man possessed by demons was about to find new life.
At times in our spiritual walk, we face nighttime storms. Storms that seem as if we'll never see the other side of them. We find ourselves fighting for our lives and our boats are filling fast... with no sign of sunny skies.
Like those fishermen, we're doing all we can to keep our ships right and floating. Until we call upon the Master and He gets up and speaks peace, the storms calm, the crisis has passed.
Oftentimes, when we're going through such a battle, some of our greatest miracles are on the other side. As with those fishermen, there's an enemy trying his best to stop you. He'll throw everything he can at you to try stopping what God has in store for you.
Here we are in 2020, facing a giant storm that has hit not only our nation, but the world. Hurricane force storms are raging all around us. Many feel as if this colossal storm is going to shipwreck their dreams, plans, and future.
Yes, this storm has picked up momentum. Rest assured, Jesus is about to stand up from His place of rest. He'll rebuke the winds when we call upon His mercy.
Jesus scolded His disciple after the storm. He asked where their faith was? He'd told them they were going to the other side, but they lost sight of that command when the winds picked up. Maybe the storm had been sudden in its approach? Maybe it had come up gradually? We're not told how it came, but we know the disciples dropped the ball. They focused on the storm and ignored the fact that the one who can calm the storm was with them.
During trying times, it's important for us to remember the Word of God and what He promises in it. When a storm like this hits, it's so easy to get our eyes off Jesus and focus the situation. Too often, we start thinking the worst when in reality the Lord is wanting us to trust him.
During this time, some of you have suffered great loss and precious cargo fell into the raging sea. My friend, remember God is a God of restoration! When the enemy has caused damage, our Father in Heaven sees everything. These storms don't catch Him by surprise. Right now we have a choice. We can either cry over what's taken place, live in remorse and fear, or we can look to God in faith. We can trust Him to come through for you like He did for His disciples and their ships.
And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.
He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed
John 16:33, 14:27
Psalms 56:3, 91:1-11, 57:1, 32:7, 34:17