Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Be Bold: John 6:18

"But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” (NIV)

"he reassured them, “It’s me. It’s all right. Don’t be afraid.” (MSG)

"But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” (NKJV)

How did it go yesterday? Was that feeling in the pit of your stomach just a little bit less intense than it was yesterday? How much farther were you able to push yourself than the day before? While you were pushing yourself, were you able to rejoice in God's greatness, pray for God to give you strength, and thank God for having the ability to take that step out in the first place? It is glorious that we can make these steps. 

Today we look to John's account of the same storm that Matthew recounted yesterday. Instead of focusing on Peter's ability to walk on water with the help of the Lord, John focuses on the weather produced by the Lord and the cosmos. 
18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
God's pop quizzes come in so many shapes and sizes.  This storm was only one of many that tested the disciples faith. During the storm and troubles all the disciples had to do was accept Christ in to their boat for the waters to calm. Throughout our lives, the Lord uses several different types of storms in many different ways.
  • Correcting Storms - These are storms like the one that Jonah went through. During the catastrophe of the storm, he found God again. 
  • Perfecting Storms - These storms are similar to the ones that Joseph experienced in Genesis. Joseph went through many trials though he did nothing to bring them upon himself. The storms that he experienced; however, served to strengthen his faith in God. 
  • Protecting Storms - This is what we see here in the gospel with the disciples. In these storms, the Lord is protecting us from a far worse storm that we would have experienced. Often we don't know what that worse storm would have been, but we need to have faith the the Lord is using our current tribulation to protect us from far worse. 
  • Growing Storms - These storms are similar to perfecting storms and correcting storms combined. They are ones that break you from a rut that you may have found yourself in. Even though still strong in faith it gives you a chance to see how God can move your journey along rather than only fixing or directing it. 
The Bible speaks of what we should be looking forward to (and are looking forward to). We have salvation in the Lord which leads us to the Millennial Kingdom, which gives us eternal life with God, which gives us a future after death. So what about my life now? I am a sinner and I deserve nothing from God in the present or in the future. I deserve the trials and tribulations in my life.

Today, think about the storms you are currently experiencing or have experienced recently? What type of storm do you think that God is using? What should the outcome be? Journal today about whays you can reframe the way you think about life's storms. 

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