Saturday, October 8, 2016

Stay in the Boat

Many believers vow to remain faithful to Jesus Christ but when the storms of life come against them they get into doubt and they want to leave Jesus.
We read in Luke 8:22 "Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out. 23But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. 24They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm. 25And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?”
The disciples were following Jesus Christ, the Messiah, and they believed in Him. They were in the boat with Him, but when the storm came up, and the winds picked up, and they looked at the waves, they got fearful; and He was sleeping inside the boat. They said:"Master, we are perishing," even though they were in the boat with Jesus Christ. And what did he say to them? He said:"Where is your faith?"
If we commit to follow Jesus Christ, if we get in the boat with Him, then the storms of life will come against us. In those times we have to decide whether we will stay with Him, obey Him and do as He commands. When friends and family leave us and reject us, when we are persecuted and rejected, then people get fearful, and they want to get out of the boat, they want to do things their way, not God's way. Jesus commanded us to turn the other cheek, not to defend ourselves. Jesus commanded us to love our enemies. Jesus commanded us to be faithful in all circumstances, not to deny Him. But when the storms of life come against people, then they are tempted to do things their own way, to defend themselves, to avenge themselves, to deny Jesus Christ, to get out of the boat, because they doubt whether Jesus is able to take them through that storm, to keep them safe. If we follow Jesus Christ we will encounter many storms, many trials, much tribulation, but the only safe place is to stay in the boat, stay with Jesus, because He is master of the storm. even though things look hopeless, even though it looks like the world is upside down, Jesus Christ is still the King of kings, He is still the Lord of lords and He is in control.
The only safe place is in the boat, with Jesus Christ. If you climb out of the boat you will perish. Stay with Jesus, trust Him, follow Him, obey Him and stay with Him and He will carry you through, He will keep you safe until the very end. Stay in the boat with Jesus.
May Jesus bless you.

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