Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. — John 6:18 (NLT)
How’s the sea in your life today? Are you sailing on stormy waters, or are the seas around you calm and serene? No matter how peaceful things may be right now, storms will come. Nobody sails through life without encountering a storm or two.
Sometimes we can see them coming. Sometimes we walk into them, rather than taking a different route. Sometimes they arrive suddenly, without warning, and we find ourselves unexpectedly facing a storm. They are often the worse kind, the ones we cannot see or foresee coming. We are less prepared, we haven’t got our waterproofs on and we face getting soaked. And we may not have Jesus in our boat.
As Christians, we can prepare ourselves for storms in many ways: wearing the armour of God at all times, praying constantly and earnestly, staying close to Jesus in this way. But at times, we are distracted, or the busy-ness of life prevents us from preparing as we should. We miss a Sunday in church because of family commitments, we miss the weekday Bible study because of work commitments, and we slowly let our prayer life slide because of distractions or disappointments; and slowly we find ourselves drifting along, and drifting away from God.
Then the storm hits. The unexpected bill, the redundancy, the car breaking down, the relationship frosty, the friends letting us down, the health issues that arise … whatever life throws at us, whatever storm arrives at our door. And we turn to Jesus … wait … oh no, He’s not in our boat. JESUS!
And there He comes, through the wind and the rain and the storm, walking on water and coming towards us. Didn’t He promise that He would never leave us or forsake us? Of course He did. And His promises are always kept, unlike ours which are often broken.
Jesus walks on water to meet us, just as He did to meet the disciples on that day they found themselves all alone, out in the lake in the middle of the storm, and He comes to them, walking on the water. They were terrified:
but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here.”
John 6:20 (NLT)
Whatever storms you face today, Jesus says, “Don’t be afraid. I am here.” He is here with us through the storm, all we have to do is call on Him, and He will help us face whatever we are going through, and before we know it we will have reached our destination. That’s our Jesus. Always ready, always willing, always faithful, always true.
May we pray: Thank You, Lord, that You are always available. Thank You that You calm the seas and the storms in our lives. We call on You today, and ask you to join us in our boat, and bring us peace in the storm. We ask this in the precious name of our Saviour, Christ Jesus; Amen.
Whatever struggles or storms you face right now, we would like to pray for you – please get in touch. Don’t feel as though you have to battle alone. May God Bless You, and we hope to see you soon.
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