You are Not Alone

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way[a] from the land,[b] beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”

28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind,[c] he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

34 And when they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret.

– Matthew 14:22-34

There are some powerful principles in this event that can be of great encouragement to us during the storms of life. …notice that the disciples were in the ship Jesus Christ had told them to enter and they were going to a place He told them to go. However, they found themselves in a storm on the sea. Often when a storm comes into our lives we question ourselves, “Am I doing what I am supposed to be doing? Am I in the right place? Am I going in the right direction? Am I in the will of God?” Imagine the disciples questioning themselves in their storm. They were in the will of God in every way possible. They were in the ship Jesus Christ told them to travel in, and were going exactly where He told them to go. Yet, they still entered the storm!

Friend, the storm you may have found yourself in does not necessarily mean you are not where you are supposed to be; it does not mean you are going in the wrong direction, and it does not mean you are out of the will of God. Simply it means that in life we have storms to contend with, but we must go on in faith, trusting the One who sent us on our journey.

Don Woodard,
The Help of Heaven, page 3


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