June 18, 2023
As I read this verse it just so happens that I am over 3000 feet in the air. I am not on a boat as the disciples were in this passage however, like a boat when the wind blows this high up, you feel it. Not only does it affect the aircraft, but it affects you mentally because you are not in control. You feel as though you are hopeless in this situation. For most people, me included, not being in control can be very hard. When the situation gets out of your control you do everything in your power to get it back into your control. Why is that? Because that is how we humans are wired. From the beginning pride has been at the root of human beings. Therefore, when we have no control, we try to regain control by whatever means possible.
Look at the disciples here in John. When the sea became rough and the wind was blowing, they did not wait for Jesus to come, they took off and began sailing, trying to get across as soon as possible so they could beat the storm. They tried to take the storm head on. In your own life what are ways in which you see yourself fighting your own storms, taking control of the situation just because you think you deserve to be in control? Examine those areas and notice what happened next.
As they became overwhelmed by the sea and the wind, they saw a person aways from shore. They became afraid. Nobody should be out that far, especially without a boat and in this weather. They were professionals after all, they knew how to sail and what to do out there to remain in control. What Jesus says next is what I want you all to remember “it is I; do not be afraid.” As he says that the storm had passed, and they made it to shore. This is crucial to our obedience as believers. When storms come and things get rough, our instinct is to want to take control and make it better or fix it. What Jesus wants is for us to give him control, so he can get us where he wants us. Do not be afraid, Jesus is in control!
’96 / ‘ 08 Jacksonville FL
Bonus Verse Hebrews 6:18
Doris Jean H
’44 / ’55 Manheim PA