Life throws a lot of storms our way. Doesn’t it? Our relationships face them, our finances face them and even our health faces them. There’s a high chance you’re facing one right now. Storms are part of life, but they don’t have to ruin it.
Dealing with the storms of life can often feel like rowing your boat against a typhoon wind and only having one oar. It seems impossible.
The Bible tells us that on one particular day the disciples of Jesus were rowing their boat in a storm all night long. It wasn’t until about 3 a.m. that Jesus showed up walking on the water.
In seeing Jesus coming towards them, one of the disciples thought it would be a good idea to get out of the boat and walk to Jesus. But that didn’t work so well. He began to sink.
Matthew 14:30 tells us that “When (Peter) saw the strong wind and waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ‘Save me, Lord!’ he shouted.”
The moment we take our eyes off Jesus we put them on our problem. Once our problem becomes our focus, we start sinking.
What storm is sinking you right now? Have you taken your eyes off Jesus? Are you questioning why God is allowing you to go through this storm?
He’s allowing you to go through the storm for exactly the same reason he allowed the disciples to face it. So that you will put your eyes back on him and invite him into your boat.
If you want to have some calm in your storm, you have to get Jesus on the boat.
It wasn’t until Jesus got in the boat that the storm stopped.
Matthew 14:33 said, “When they (Jesus & Peter) climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped.”
Take a moment today and invite Jesus into your boat. He’s not only the one who walks on water in the storm; he’s the one who calms it. Let him calm yours.
Live on purpose.
Elliot is the pastor of Fusion Christian Church. For more information, visit www.myfusionchurch.com.