Are you in a situation where everything you relied on has been taken away? Life has changed dramatically?
Do you have a challenge in front of you where your faith is under test?
Have you prayed for a miracle but it seems God is silent?
We ask for wisdom. We question if God listens. If He understands our dilemma.
As we seek answers to our ‘boat’. Whatever situation that could be. Bad news. Tragedy. Suffering. Illness. Grief. Life changing events. I was reminded of the disciples in the boat that stormy night (Matthew 14).
1| jesus was right there all along.
He had never left or abandoned them. He was just asleep. Are there times you feel like your crisis is so overwhelming that you forget God’s silence does not mean He isn’t there?
2| the disciples presumed that because jesus was asleep He did not care.
On the risky waters, where our faith is tested. Do we complain when we cannot hear God clearly? See evidence. Or a change to our prayers. We know He is there. He promised us He would never leave. He reminds us to be strong. Courageous. But in that moment of uncertainty we panic. Yet Christ is waiting to meet us there.
3| the disciples shook jesus. They pleaded with Him to awake.
They had forgotten His faithfulness. The miracle that had taken place that very day (Matthew 14:13-21). He has ways that will change us forever. Deepen our character. In those moments where we choose to draw near to His sovereignity. To lean on Him.
4| jesus arose and spoke to the waves.
‘Peace be still.’ How many times have you doubted the power of God to bring you through? He always has in the past. Why wouldn’t He now? Pray without ceasing.
5| jesus questioned the disciples.
He asks us the same question. Right now in the middle of your storm. Where is your faith? Are you fixated on the problem in front of you? Or are you confident that God is all knowing? Can you live within God’s care and power. Shift away from all the ways you have made to keep yourself safe?
6| jesus calmed the storm.
He still does. He brings divine peace. Into our hearts. That no matter what we face He is there. With us. He may not take away the disaster. But He removes the fear. Will you trust God? As He stretches your faith. Will you rely on His unfailing promises? Memorise His Word. Instil it into your heart. And minds. How big God is.
He is in control. He is testing our faith. He wants us to discern His voice. To trust only Him. He is asking us.
Where is your faith?