Hope in the Storm

     Has this Covid-19 crisis made you feel like you were headed in one direction and are all of a sudden way off-course? Do you feel like you are doing your best, but not making any forward progress? In Matthew 14:22-33 the disciples found themselves in a powerful storm facing these same feelings. They were being battered by the waves, far off from their intended destination, and struggling and straining but seemed to be going nowhere.  However, there were 4 important things in the boat that day that helped them and I believe can help us in the storm that we currently find ourselves facing.
   First, there was the prayers of Christ. Where was Jesus when their world was falling apart? In verse 22 we see that Jesus was having an all night prayer meeting. And in the midst of THIS storm, Jesus has NOT changed. Romans 8:34 says that Jesus is at the right hand of God interceding on our behalf. That is GREAT news! Right now, Jesus is praying for you and I.
     Second, there was the presence of Christ. Mark 6:48 includes that Jesus saw the disciples and then joined them in the storm by walking on the water. Jesus shows up in our storms, and he will go to ANY lengths to get to us and encourage us.
     Third, there was the power of Christ. Jesus showed up and says something incredibly powerful in Matthew 14:27. We have a powerful declaration surrounded by 2 commands. The declaration is “I AM”. Jesus is echoing what God said in Exodus 3:13-14 when Moses questioned God’s power. God said to Moses and Jesus says to his disciples and to us, “My power is NOT in question.” I AM WHO I ALWAYS HAVE BEEN AND ALWAYS WILL BE.” The first command is, “Be of good courage”. We see this same command to the man lowered through the roof (Matt. 9:2), to the woman with the issue of blood (Matt. 9:22), to Blind Bartimaues (Mark 10:49), to Paul when discouraged in prison (Acts 23:11), and to the disciples facing their greatest trial (John 16:33). Don’t miss it – every time God says this He is saying it to a person that has come to the end of their options and is lacking strength. His Word is  – BECAUSE I AM, YOU CAN! The second command is, “Do not be afraid.” These professional fishermen weren’t scared of the storm as much as they were of the Savior. When the I AM showed up they realized that this SAVIOR was much greater than this STORM. In that moment, their panic turned to peace, their terror turned to trust, their concern turned to courage, their fear turned to faith, and their worry turned to worship!
      Finally, there was the past miracles of Christ. Jesus had just fed 5000 men and many more families with five loaves and 2 fishes and had 12 basketfuls of leftovers. There must have been at least one basketful of bread on the boat. If the disciples would have just looked over their shoulder they would have been reminded that the last time they faced an impossible situation that Jesus was faithful. If we look over our shoulder, I bet we will see our own miracles. We can stand up on these past miracles of Christ right now knowing that the One that was faithful in our past, will be faithful in our present and future (Hebrews 13:8).
     This Covid-10 Storm is real, but our Savior is greater. I hope this Word will help you as much as it has helped me during this time.