Making it through Life's Storms

When evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started across to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them. The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened. But He said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." Then they were glad to take Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going (John 6:16-21).
This event is immediately following the feeding of the five thousand, which should have connected the dots between Jesus and how God sustained Israel with manna in the desert. But, they merely thought that Jesus was a prophet (John 6:14), instead of being divine.

When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water they were afraid, perhaps because they did not recognize Him or because they thought He was coming in judgment. But, as soon as He spoke, "It is I," an equivalent to "I AM," God's chosen name for His self revelation, they were glad.

It is encouraging to know that God is the master of the sea, which is representative of the forces of chaos, evil, and danger in biblical imagery. Often times the storms of life leave us afraid and worried about what might happen, but we shouldn't stay like that. Just like the disciples, we need to remember that Jesus is the "I AM," and He has already conquered, and we are now His and there is nothing that can harm us. As soon as they realized who He was, they were glad and immediately arrived where they were going. There doesn't seem to be any storms when Jesus is in the boat.

It is also important to remember that we are more receptive to God during the storms than when we are when we are getting what we want. Although Jesus revealed Himself through the feeding of the five thousand, it wasn't until they were afraid that the disciples started to understand who Jesus really was.


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