No matter who you are, you have experienced storms. Storms are so common in life, that each person is either coming out of a storm, going into a storm, or right in the middle of a storm. And I'm not talking about the weather. I'm talking about adverse circumstances that God allows in our lives in order to develop our faith and deepen us spiritually. It's important to remember that a storm doesn't happen because God can't stop it; it happens because He knows you need it.
The evening of the feeding of the 5,000, the disciples were on a spiritual high. They had just watched Jesus feed thousands of people from the tiny lunch of a little boy. Their faith was stronger than ever because they had seen Jesus at work. But what happened that night? They got into a boat with Jesus to cross the Sea of Galilee. As they were en route to the other side, a massive windstorm swirled around them, tossing the boat between crashing waves and filling it with water. The disciples were completely panicked and trying to gain control of the boat when they looked over to see Jesus asleep during the storm. They woke Jesus up and essentially accused Him of not caring about their peril. It was then that Jesus calmed the sea by simply saying, "Be still." Then He asked his disciples, "Have you still no faith?"
Just earlier that day, the disciples had more faith in Jesus than they had ever experienced because of the great things that were happening, but as soon as something bad happened, they lost all faith and blamed Jesus. We've all experienced that loss of faith and the fear that we are alone, but we need to learn from the disciples' mistake and remember that we have Jesus in our boat during every storm. He is the calm in the center of the storm if we'll only do these three things:
Remember the promise of Jesus.
When Jesus said to the disciples, "Let us go over to the other side," there was nothing that was going to stop them. In Isaiah 43:2, The LORD said, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you." That is just one of thousands and thousands of promises God gives us in His Word. Whatever God tells us to do, whatever storm He allows, He always give us the grace and ability to get through it. Just remember: if you feel like you aren't succeeding in getting through the storm, God hasn't called us to be successful. He's called us to be faithful. God's work done God's way will never lack God's supply. His Word says, "And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up" (Galatians 6:9).
Rest in the presence of Jesus.
We know the disciples were in the will of God, following Jesus, and that Jesus was physically in the boat with them and yet the storm still came - not as a way to punish or discipline, but as a way to draw them closer to Jesus. That's why our storms come – as a way to draw us close and help us to sense His presence more strongly. Just as Jesus stayed asleep until the disciples wakened Him, God will keep quiet in your storm until you seek Him. Psalm 34:18 says, "The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit," but we must want the LORD and invite Him to be near instead of wading through the storm alone. Sometimes it takes us far too long to realize that Jesus is all we need. It usually doesn't happen until we realize He is all we have. Remember this: Safety is not the absence of problems; it's the presence of Jesus.
Rely on the power of Jesus.
Psalm 30:5 says that weeping may endure for the height, but joy comes in the morning.That tells us that if God brings you to it, He will bring you through it. Jesus did not keep the storm on the Sea of Galilee from striking the boat, but He did keep the storm from sinking the boat. They experienced rough seas, but they did not drown. And after the storm, He brought them to a place of rest and restoration. He will do the same for us if we will rely on His power to get us through.
As you go through your week, I want to remind you that fear always looks at the storm and faith always looks at the Savior. Jesus is in your boat. Where will you look?