Wednesday, April 25, 2012

"Receive Jesus Into Your Storm"

"Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went. " John 6:21

Jesus' disciples were in a ship heading to Capernaum. Jesus was not with them. It had become dark and the sea was getting rough and rising high because of a great and violent wind that was blowing. They were rowing and rowing but were not getting very far. Then they saw Jesus walking toward them on the water. He called out to them not to be afraid because it was Him. The next thing that happened was what we read in our verse above. "Then they willingly received Him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went".

They were glad to see Him, and gladder still to have Him in the boat with them. They were glad for several reasons. His presence to comfort them was there. "It is I, be not afraid." They weren't getting very far on their own. The violent winds were blowing upon their boat and making it hard to navigate. The rising waters were threatening. They needed His help. They needed His peace. They needed Him to intervene in their storm. Once He got in the boat, it was immediately and safely at its destination.

Are you going through a dark, stormy time? Are the winds of adversity blowing upon your life? Are the waters rising, threatening to drown you? What are you doing about it? Are you trying to row hard enough to get yourself through it? Are you just trying to hold on hoping it will eventually stop? The disciples willingly received Jesus into their boat. Are you determined to go through this by yourself, on your own, or will you allow Jesus to come into your "boat"? Will you invite Him to get in there with you and take control of the situation?
You have a choice. You can keep struggling with the situation, you can keep trying to figure it all out, you can keep working hard to make it through, you can keep on trying to take care of it on your own, or you can let Jesus come into the situation with you and bring you safely to the other side.

Have a great day. Are you willing to let Jesus into the storm you are going through, or are you going to try to make it through on your own?
For further reading:
John 6:16-21
Luke 11:9
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