Courage to keep going in the Storm
And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marveled, saying, what manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
Have you ever had a tough day or a long night and all you wanted to do was hit the bed and sleep. Yet, every time you got through one problem another problem arose and it seemed that you would never get a break. In times like these frustration arises. The flesh becomes weak and the mind and emotions are easily overcome with aggravation and sometimes anger.
It was a day like this that I was more than a little bit aggravated. We had been up night and day reacting to situation after situation. I was beginning to get sick in my body. I was drained physically and mentally. I was tired and worn out and getting to the point that it was hard to think. Right in the middle of all this I encountered a man who was grasping for answers. He began to open up about grief and hard times that had befallen him. He spoke of his father and mother being fine Christians who had lived by example and fleshed out Godly lives before him. Yet over time and along life’s path with many years gone he had not served God nor given His life to Christ. He found it difficult to understand how some sin and go to Church while others try to live right and nothing works out for them.
It was the classic thinking that good people should be able to make it into Heaven and bad people should not be able to set on the pews and get by with their sin. Me and another brother explained to him that God is in control and all sin is the same. God doesn’t have big sin and little sin. All sin separates us from God. We are all sinners and our only hope is in trusting Jesus Christ for Salvation.
It reminded me of the time when the disciples were on the ship. The wind tossed and fury of the wind was so bad they were frozen and unable to do anything. Fear gripped their lives until Jesus intervened. I thought, here we are living out a few days of storm and tempest. Several rough days strung together and in the midst of the storm a man comes crying out. Similarly, he is gripped with fear and misunderstanding. And here we are vessels of God. Filled with his hope and his word offering the answers to calm the tempest.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. The bible is clear about that and man’s heart is the same as it ever has been. He is filled with ideals of self-righteousness and self-defeat all at the same time. He is filled with ideals of work related salvation and misses the point that all have sinned and all are in need of a Savior.
Our job as the born again is to continue to proclaim the message of Jesus loud and clear. And when the storms and winds blow hard we must ever be watching for an opportunity for it is in the storm that oftentimes Jesus is working and it is in the storm that we must find courage to keep going and keep preaching the Word of Christ. For sometimes, it’s in the storm that Jesus will intervene and save.