Monday, February 27, 2012

He's on the Way

Mark 6:48

He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the Lake. He was about to pass them by.

Jesus knows all about our struggles. He sees us and knows what we are going through when we are going through. It may seem like he doesn’t see us because there is no immediate response every time we get in trouble but he is watching and he is on the way.

The disciples were in a boat on the lake trying to get to the other side but the wind was against them. There are times when we are trying to get to the place that God has asked us to go but the wind is against us. We run up against resistance as we try to complete our mission. The resistance could be persecution for a stance, red tape with code enforcement on a building project, political sabotage from people within the church or an overall resistance to change.

The disciples were straining. They were having a hard time going forward. God gives us an assignment and he wants us to put our strength into it. Sometimes, he will let us strain until he sees we need help. Straining produces strength.

Jesus came to see about them. He walked on the water toward them to check on them but he was getting ready to pass them by! Why would he do that? Because he saw they were okay even though they were straining. Straining produces strength but then they thought he was a ghost. Their confusion and fear made them lose their strength, so Jesus had to step in.

Once Jesus stepped in the boat the wind ceased and the storm stopped. When we allow Jesus to step into our situation that is when the storm has to cease. Jesus is on the way in whatever situation you find yourself in but in the meantime, keep rowing and growing.

Dear God,

Thank you for sending Jesus to help me in my situation. I know today that I will get to the other side of what it is that I’m dealing with. I take courage that Jesus sees me and he’s on the way.

In Jesus Name,

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