Happy Monday Ladies!!
As per last week’s post, today we will talk about getting distracted by the storms and hurdles of life and how we can shift our focus back to Jesus in such seasons.
The Christian journey is one that comes with struggles and hardships. We see this throughout scripture starting from Abraham all the way to Jesus and to the apostles such as Paul and John. And we also see it and experience it day to day, be it corporate struggles or personal struggles.
Struggles are a familiar ordeal, but from time to time, we may get so caught up and so focused on the struggle that we forget what’s truly important and we forget to look up and see Jesus.
Take a look at Luke 8:22-25.
22 One day, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out.
23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A storm came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
Let’s break down the verses above, shall we?
In the first verse we see Jesus and the disciples setting out to cross the lake of Galilee and this is symbolic to our lives and our walk of faith: it’s a journey.
We are taking strides every single day to be better, to do better. We are navigating through seasons, hills and valleys and we even have to cross lakes at some point. And just like the disciples in this verse, they set out on another leg of their journey.
However, what was a calm, non-eventful journey turned into a storm that was tossing their boat around, filling it water and the fear that they would go under consumed them.
And to make it worse, Jesus was sleeping.
In the middle of a storm, the only person who had the power & authority to change the situation was asleep.
And I wonder how many of us have felt that way, or feel that way?
That when the road gets rough, and the winds pick up and we are being tossed left to right by life’s storms, Jesus is silent.
Or when the world grows dark and everything is going wrong in the world, He is silent.
He is nowhere to be seen. He can’t be heard.
You can’t feel him neither can you sense Him.
He is Present, even in the storm.
But that doesn’t change the fact that He is there. That He is present, even in the storm.
Look at that verse again: Jesus and the disciples set out on the journey. Jesus and the disciples got into the boat, TOGETHER, and He was still in the boat when the storm began.
When you chose to surrender your life to Christ and to walk this walk of faith, Jesus began the journey with you. When you took that bold step of faith, he was right there, holding your hand as he took it.
When everything was going well and you were growing and maturing in faith, he was right there, cheering you on and encouraging you. And when it got dark and you walked through the valley of the shadow of death, he was still there. He was covering you, loving you and holding your hand.
Beloved, just because Jesus seems to be asleep to you, doesn’t mean that He isn’t there.
It doesn’t mean that He doesn’t see your pain or your frustration. It doesn’t mean that He has stopped working.
Neither does it mean that He isn’t a good God or a faithful God because it get hard.
Often times it is we who lose sight of him.
It is us who remove our eyes from Him and what He says concerning our situation and begin to focus on the storm and how it will take us under.
We lose our faith and we allow fear to grip our hearts.
I want you to remember that the Jesus who calmed the storm over 3000 years ago in Luke 8:22-25 is the same one who will calm the storm in your life today. He is the same Jesus who will arise and command the roaring waters to be still, and he will lead you to green pastures where he will restore your soul.
But I also want you to remind yourself of who He is.
Instead of focusing on defeat and fear, remind yourself of that Jesus is the God of all; he is the God who calms the raging storms, and neither will he leave you nor forsake you.
Encourage yourself in the Lord today.
Speak truth to your mind and heart today. Speak it to your situation and over your situation.
That is the only way you will overcome. That is the only way you will be able to keep your eyes fixed on him when the storm comes.
And if you don’t have the strength to encourage yourself today, as sometimes we don’t, it’s okay. Reach out to your community (or to us via email@example.com) so that they can encourage you and lift you up in prayer.
VERSE OF THE WEEK
Psalm 42:11 AMP
“Why are you in despair, O my soul?
Why have you become restless and disquieted within me?
Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.”
~Take time to read through the entire Psalm (Psalm 42).
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