UNFAVORABLE STORMSBy: Darrelyn L. Tutt
"And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him onto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray, and when the evening was come He was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea tossed with waves; for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit, and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spoke unto them saying, Be of good cheer; It is I, be not afraid. And Peter and answered Him and said, Lord, If it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water. And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried saying, Lord save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped Him saying, Of a truth, Thou art the Son of God.Matthew 14:22-33------Do unfavorable storms "happen" to God's favored people?Let's reconstruct the scene and have our thoughts challenged about the "look of favorability," and record truths that might strengthen, empower, and enable us today.1) While Jesus was on a mountain experiencing communion with the Father, His favored ones, called disciples, were in a storm facing a battle on the sea. Physical proximity had temporarily removed Jesus from their eyes and their vision was limited to unmerciful waves, prevailing and threatening winds, and a deep and dark fear of certain impending death. *We all have moments when it feels that Christ has separated Himself from us in our hour of need and where our perception of His absence is felt more keenly than an awareness of His presence. Waves of doubt and fear sweep over us.Winds of oppresion beat against us.The storm rages, and the sea threatens to swallow us up in her foaming depths.We are afraid, fearful, powerless.Is this the look of favoritism?Hmmm ...The favor of God isn't defined by the absence of storms but to the contrary.God's word has Christ seated at the right hand of the Father where He is making intercession for us even while the boat is rocking and the storm is surging.God's favor is intended to preside over our fearfulness and bring us peace.2) Jesus meets the disciples in their storm and He walks on the very waves that threaten to engulf them and undo them. Approaching them in fearless wonder in their most fearful moments, He appears only as a ghost to them. So powerfully felt is the strength of the storm that it renders them powerless to experience the reality of His presence.Only "one" by the name of Peter is enabled with a temporary faith to call out to Him and walk out to Him on the sea ... but only for a moment.*We all have moments when fear prevails over faith and doubts assail.When Christ's abiding presence is questioned like a strange sort of ghost or mere apparition mocking us instead of enabling us.Hmmm ...The favor of God isn't defined by the absence of difficulties in our lives but to the contrary.Christ positions His child and anchors Him with the realities of His unchanging truth and unforsaking presence every moment of every hour of every day.In and because of His presence we are steadied, secured, and anchored to realities unseen. Blessed be our Savior who sufficiently meets us in our storm and provides us with inexpressible comforts to meet us.His promises will prevail in our storms and His loving favor will never leave us.3) Just when it "looks" like the storm might be our undoing, it ceases and is silenced by the sovereign hand of God. His sufficiency and sovereignty canopy the entire stormy scene and there is nothing but Jesus when it's over.The winds have stopped.The sea is calm.And the storm no longer prevails.There are no mortal faith "heros" in this story,No attempts to highlight the strength and sufficiency of man, just his apparent weakness.His lack.The hero of our story is a supremely, sovereign, sufficient God.And He's enough.And the Jesus who never left us is finally seen by us; and we see that we remain His favored ones, chosen ones, beloved ones.He is not a ghost nor a silent host in our storm tossed sea.He is the God at the helm, over the whole, and His presence presides over the storm.He will never leave us, never forsake us, never forget us.Blessed and safe are all those whose hope is in Him,and those on whom His favor rests ...no storm preventing.Hallelujah!
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