God not only has a purpose for every storm we encounter in our Christian walk, He commands our victory over every storm.
Following Jesus will cost you something. The disciples were obedient to Jesus’ command to get in the boat and go to the other side (Matthew 14:22). Have you ever followed Jesus’ instructions only to find yourself caught up in trouble? One thing I’ve learned over the years is when God allows you to experience adversity, your victory is sown into the difficulty.
After being in the storm for some time with no sign of relief, Jesus finally comes on the scene in the fourth watch of the night (Matthew 14:25). Ever notice how Jesus waits until the last minute to show up in your situation? He takes His time suddenly. Just when you think it’s over and you’re ready to throw in the towel, here comes Jesus to the rescue. Despite the intensity of the storm, it couldn’t stop the disciples from reaching the other side (Matthew 14:34). By design, storms serve as a catalyst to propel you to an appointed destination.
The storm in Matthew 14:22-32 wasn’t the first storm the disciples encountered. Jesus was in the boat with His disciples in Matthew 8:24-26 when a great storm arose. Although He was asleep, they could see Jesus in this storm. But it was a different experience in Matthew Chapter 14. Jesus was nowhere to be found in this storm. The disciples were so distraught they didn’t recognize Jesus when He showed up. What do you do when your situation obstructs your view of God?
Here are a few things to remember when going through a stormy season. First, when a storm arises what you say can prolong and/or intensity the storm. Your words have power. The Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Talk to and encourage yourself during the storm. Tell yourself Jesus is with you even if you can’t see Him.
Another thing to remember when you’re going through a storm is to ask the right question. God is trying to get you to the point where you don’t just go through a storm, you grow through it, and learn to trust God even in the midst of uncertainty and turmoil. A strong foundation in Christ enables you to weather even the worst of storms. You’re maturing when instead of asking “Why,” you learn to ask, “What am I supposed to learn from this?” as you keep pressing forward. What did you learn from your last storm?
Also remember that you’re stronger than the storm. Your problem won’t last forever because it has an expiration date. You were here before the storm started and you’ll still be standing when the storm ends. Jesus is not about to let you drown in your circumstances. The storm can’t take you out because you were created to outlast the storm.
You may be on a rocky boat but you serve a steady God. Remembrance of God’s faithfulness will enable you to withstand storms that come your way. God’s promises will keep you anchored in the midst of a storm-tossed situation. Jesus rescued you before and He’ll do it again. The Good Shepherd is committed to your victory. He’ll make a way even when you can’t see your way. The storm is the content of your testimony. Somebody needs to hear about your storm. Your purpose and destiny demand that you survive the storm.
Finally, it’s imperative that you have an expectation during the storm. See yourself on the other side of the storm while you’re still in the storm. Expect Jesus to show up on your behalf. Expect to come out of the storm wiser and stronger. Expect victory over the storm!
What is Jesus calling you to do that seems scary and impossible? Step out on faith Child of the Most High God. When you do, just like Peter, when Jesus says “Come,” you can walk above the waters of your circumstances.
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson