Does the Lord Jesus ever seem distant when trials or difficulties come your way? Right after Jesus performed the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, he left his disciples by themselves so he could go to a remote place to pray alone.It was at Jesus' initiative that the disciples sailed across the lake of Galilee, only to find themselves in a life-threatening storm. Although they were experienced fishermen, they feared for their lives. The Lake of Galilee was known for its sudden storms whipped up by strong winds which swept down from the nearby mountains. The disciples must have cried out for help when they recognized that their boat was about to be capsized by the threatening waves.
Jesus always intercedes for us
Although Jesus was not physically with them in the boat, he
nonetheless had been keeping vigilant watch for them in earnest
prayer. When Jesus perceived their trouble he came to them walking
on the sea and startled them with his sudden appearance. The
disciples were terrified rather than joyful when they saw Jesus'
presence on the water. They thought a ghost had appeared to seal
their doom. They couldn't believe it was really him until he spoke
words of assurance: "Don't give in to fear or panic, but take
courage and be calm, because I am here for you and ready to help
you in your need." Jesus not only calmed their fears, but the
threatening waves and storm as well.
Do you recognize the Lord's abiding presence with you?
Does the Lord Jesus seem distant when trials and difficulties come
your way? The Lord never leaves us alone, but keeps constant watch
over us at all times, especially when we are tempted and feel weak
or helpless. Do you look to the Lord Jesus to give you his
strength and help when you are in need? Jesus assures us that we
do not have to give into fear or discouragement if we put our
trust in Him and remember his great love for us. He will see us
through any trial that comes our way. When calamities and trials
threaten to overwhelm you, do you respond with faith and hope in
God's love and presence with you?
"Lord Jesus, may I never doubt your saving help and your ever
watchful presence, especially in times of adversity. Fortify my
faith with courage and my hope with steady perseverance that I may
never waver in placing all my trust in you who are my all."