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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Jesus Will Come to Me in the Midst of My Storm

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 will be there and as close as we want him to be.

What this means to me:
Jesus notices when I’m in serious trouble, working hard and struggling. When I recognize my need for him, he will come as close as I want him to be. If I recognize him he will be there for me, If I don’t he may just pass me by.

In Mark chapter 6, Jesus had sent the disciples ahead of him to Bethsaida while he went off by himself to pray. Although it wasn’t a long trip by boat, 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.

There are many times in my life where a storm has blown me off course. I had no intention of being where I ended up. I’ve been blown off course by situations I couldn’t control. I feel like I should be where I intended to go by now, but at this point, I may have even given up hope of getting to my original destination. I just want to get back to safety.

In this passage I can see what Jesus does when I’m at my moment of desperation? Mark 6:48b says, “About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water” (NLT). Notice he didn’t tell the disciples to come to him. He knew they couldn’t get to him. He went to them. When I’m at that point of desperation, Jesus comes to me.

It’s great that Jesus did not stand on the shore and shout instructions. When I’m in a storm, I don’t need advice. I need a miracle! I need somebody to show up, and this is what Jesus did. He intervened in the disciples’ storm.

This is the Gospel message. God doesn’t stand on the shoreline telling us what to do. He comes out and meets us in our pain, our fear, our depression, our storm, and our discouragement. He comes to us. What a God!

Jesus will never abandon me. 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” (TLB). This is something I can count on it!