This morning I was reading my Bible in the book of Matthew chapter 8. Jesus had been teaching about the cost of following Him. Then it says He got into the boat and the disciples followed Him. Then the story goes on the say that a great storm suddenly arose and the waves swept over the boat. Meanwhile Jesus was sleeping. Then their fear of the storm and drowning shifted because they remembered who else was in boat! When they woke Jesus up He rebuked them for their lack of faith. But then He rebuked the wind and the waves and the lake was completely calm. The disciples were amazed and said, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey Him!”
It then occurred to me that we all have storms in our life too. My storm is currently my cancer and my kidney disease. The Covid-19 pandemic has also caused storms for everyone. People are dying; people are losing their jobs; people are losing their income; and some are losing their businesses that they have worked for all their life. These events cause financial storms, marital storms, health storms, and fear about the future. Our fears are not unlike the fears of the disciples on a boat in a storm.
So, like the disciples, let us remember that Jesus is in our boat. He has promised never to leave us or forsake us. Whatever storm you are in, Jesus is in your boat. You can turn to Him just as the disciples did. They quit focusing on their storm and they turned to the one who was in their boat. We can do the same.
In the story in Matthew chapter 8 it says that Jesus got into the boat and the disciples “followed Jesus into the boat.” It is very different for us today. We don’t follow Jesus into the boat – He follows us into our boat. No matter where we go, or what storms we encounter, we can be sure that Jesus is in our boat. He promised never to leave us or forsake us. He is faithful in His promises.
So don’t focus on the storms in your life. Be like the disciples and focus on the One who is always in your boat!