He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and the waves, and it was completely calm.
There comes a point in your life where you are called to go somewhere you have never been. Maybe you haven’t been through this. Maybe you are going through this right now. You are being called into something more. You are being called to go. Wherever you are currently at, we all go through something like this. A time where we feel called to go to the other side. Somewhere we have never experienced. Somewhere God so desperately wants us to be because He wants to challenge us, inspire us, and stretch us into who we are meant to be.
Jesus does this earlier in Matthew 8:18, “When Jesus saw the crowd around him, he gave orders to cross to the other side of the lake.” The best part about this is that Jesus calls them into this, but doesn’t let them do it alone. Jesus actually leads the way. He FIRST gets into the boat and then the men follow Him. Guys.. Jesus doesn’t call us into something and expect us to do it alone. He leads us into things and guides us the entire way.
It doesn’t end there. The story continues, and a storm hits the men as they are crossing the lake. “What the heck! Right when I do what Jesus asks me to do, things get hard! What is going on…” I am sure these were the thoughts of the men in the boat. I am sure these are some thoughts you have experienced as well. You take a step of faith. You take that new job. You move to that new area. All the sudden, things get tough, if not TOUGHER. “Isn’t it supposed to get easier when I am obedient? This is what I thought Jesus wanted me to do! Where is he now!?”
Jesus never promises life to get easier, but He does promise hope. He does promise to calm the storms. Our verse for today reminds us of this. Storms are on their way, whether we like it or not. So how are we going to handle them? For me, I want someone I can walk through the storms with. I want someone who is going to bring me peace when the storm hits.
Jesus is the answer. Jesus is this promise. When you are called to go to the other side, remember that He is with you. Remember that it won’t be easy, but it will be worth it.
What is God calling me to step into?
How can I begin to trust Jesus more today?
What can I pray God to bring peace to in my life?
Dear Lord, thank you for the hope you give us. Thank you for always being with us. Thank you for loving us despite our lack of faith at times. We love you so much and I pray we show you every day by loving others and worshiping you more. Amen.
Have a great day!