And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled... Matt 14:23-26
The other day my boys and I were out riding our motorcycles. It was a beautiful, sunny day. Then suddenly, dark clouds rolled over and the wind picked up. Then the drizzle started, then the downpour. Lightening struck within a few hundred yards. After the worst of the storm died down we packed up (getting soaked and muddy in the process!), and headed back into town. Unbelievably, within a few miles the sun was out and the ground was a dry as a bone! It seemed as though the one spot we were in had stormed, and no other!
Sometimes life deals us a storm. Everyone around me can be fine, biking, going to the beach, but I am in the middle of a deluge! Some believe that once we come into fellowship with God, our lives become “smooth sailing.” We should never have problems, but this is not true. God will often allow storms into our lives, sometimes even sending us into the storm. In the middle of these storms, we might wonder “where is God? ...why has He allowed me to ride right into this storm?” Storms will always be a factor in our lives. The question is “to whom will I turn to in the midst of the storm?”
The answer is hinted at in Isaiah 43:
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. Isa 43:2
God promises us that no matter what life serves up; storms, floods, fire, that HE will be with us through it!
...till the whole world hears,