Stop telling God how big your storm is. Instead, tell the storm how big your God is.
If you are striving to move forward in your Christian walk, Satan doesn’t like it and will try to hinder or even stop your progress. He will look until he finds a weak area and then will try to make you feel as if you are in a huge storm with monstrous waves that are about to sink you.
In a monstrous storm a good captain steers his boat as straight as possible head-on into the coming waves so that he can go up and over them. If the boat is sideways when the wave hits it will capsize and sink beneath the surface of the water.
We all go through times of testing because God wants to see what we are made of and wants to use the testing time to make us into a stronger and more mature Christian. It might seem like punishment, but God has a purpose for everything we might go through. Most of us will have to admit that our greatest growth as a Christian has come during our heaviest times of testing, even though we certainly don’t want to volunteer to go through it again.
Matthew 14: 28-31
And Peter 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 (strong,) he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
Peter was a very passionate and courageous person, and in his later years grew into a very strong Christian who did a mighty work for the Kingdom of God. He was a risk-taker and spoke before he thought about it, especially before he became a mature Christian.
When Peter saw Jesus walking on the water towards their boat, he probably thought it would be an awesome thing to do himself and spoke before he really thought about it. He did walk a few steps, which is much better than many of us would have done. Most of us would not have even gotten out of the boat.
After those few steps he started to notice the churning sea around him and grew afraid of drowning. He started to look at the waves instead of Jesus.
The only way you can make it through a big storm is to keep your focus on Jesus and keep on walking toward Him (keep your boat headed straight into the storm and never let it turn sideways.) If Peter had done this, He would have eventually touched the hand of Jesus and would have reached his destination safely. All he had to do was have tunnel vision to Jesus and not look at what was going on around him.
So it is in real life – you cannot let yourself be consumed by the storm and huge waves that might surround you; look at Jesus and continually keep taking steps toward Him. Before you know it, you will have reached out and touched His hands and will have made it through the intense storm.
None of us would deliberately choose to go through a storm, but we can have the assurance that our Heavenly Father is there with us each step of the way leading, protecting, and ultimately giving the victory!
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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