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Monday, August 11, 2014

Jesus Comes to Me When I Face Storms

In review of Mark 6:48b it says, “About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.”

Bottom Line:
Jesus came to them in their time of need, walking on the water to get there.

What this means to me:
Jesus sees when I’m having difficult situations and he will come to me when I need him, even if he has to walk on the water to get there. In Mark 6, Jesus went off by himself to pray and sent the disciples ahead of him to Bethsaida. It wasn’t a long trip by boat, but they were blown off course by a storm, and when Jesus saw them struggling against the wind in the middle of the lake, he came to their aid. Like the disciples, storms and situations can blow me off course as well. Feeling like I should be there by now, I can lose hope in getting to my original destination. All I want to do is get back to safety. This passage in Mark 6:48b says, “About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water” (NLT). Interestingly he didn’t tell the disciples to come to him. He knew they couldn’t get to him. So He went to them. When I’m at a point of desperation, Jesus comes to me. Jesus doesn’t just stand on the shore and shout instructions. When I’m facing in a storm, I don’t need advice. What I need is a miracle! I need somebody to show up, and this is what Jesus did. He intervened in the disciples’ storm. This is the Gospel; that God doesn’t stand on the shoreline telling me what to do. He comes out and meets me in my pain, fear, depression, storm, and discouragement. He comes to me. What a God! Whenever I get that feeling of abandonment, I only need to remember I’m not.  The Bible says in John 14:18, “I will not abandon you or leave you as orphans in the storm — I will come to you” (LB). This is something I can count on it! I can think of several people in my life who need God to intervene in their situations. I will pray for them to realize that God has come to them in their storm. He will guide, help and comfort them if they allow him in.