Do you ever doubt that God is with you?
Do you look at the amount in your checking account and the pile of bills and wonder if God remembers where you live?
Do you find yourself in a dark place and wonder if you are lost?
When we allow circumstances to be the indicator of whether Christ is with us, we may start panicking when the sea starts getting rough ….
Mark described an incident like that in chapter four of his gospel. The disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee with Jesus and, tired from a day of teaching, He fell asleep. As the sea became rougher and rougher, the men began to panic. Waking Jesus, they asked Him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” (Mark 4:38). If you look back to verse 35, you’ll see that they actually missed what Jesus said, which was, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” He didn’t say, “Let’s get halfway across and drown.” Jesus knew they would survive the stormy sea ….
Sometimes we are just like those disciples, forgetting what we’ve been promised. The Christian life is a lot like that boat ride. Christ has told us where we’re going, but sometimes in the midst of the journey — we don’t feel His presence and we can only see the overwhelming storms ….
Paul told his fellow believers, “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns” (Philippians 1:6).
He didn’t say that He hoped this would happen, or as long as nothing changed in the world it would be the case; He wrote, “I am certain.” This man whose road to salvation involved a blinding encounter with the risen Christ reminds us that God was the One who began working in our lives, and He will be the one to complete that work …..
If life feels a little rough right now, remember Christ’s promises and that you are not alone, for He is in the boat with you. Rest on His promises ….
Remember; we are not called to walk in or by our emotions, but by faith. Faith is like groping around in the shadows, not being able to see the stairs and the way in which to walk, but simply placing one foot in front of the other and stepping out anyway, for you can trust that Christ is with you ….
Don’t let a storm keep you from counting on what Jesus has told you. When you’ve done all — just stand on that ….
“God is my strong fortress, and He makes my way perfect.”
(2 Samuel 22:33)
“Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20)
“Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5)