October 18, 2015

“They cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out from their distress; He made the storm be still.” – Psalm 107:29

By this time, you have probably figured out that life is not free of challenges. Difficulties and even tragedies are to be expected. As a matter of fact, Jesus told His disciples, “I tell you these things so that you will have peace. In the world, you will have troubles. But take heart, I have overcome the world [and all its difficulties].”

Whenever you face tough times, your first urge may be to scream, “Why?” Certain trials do come into our lives because of our own sin, but many times they occur when we’re right in the middle of God’s will. We’re not doing anything wrong. We’re doing what God wants us to do. Certainly, that was the case for the disciples. Jesus told them to get into the boat and row across the Sea of Galilee. They were obeying Jesus when they suddenly found themselves in a horrific storm. It was so bad they didn’t even know if they’d survive. But, here is the important message from that event – they did survive. With the help of Jesus, they did survive.

Accept the fact that your life will not be a perfectly smooth ride. The road will sometimes have bumps and potholes and sharp turns. All roads do. Look upon these tragedies and difficulties as part of life. Turn to Jesus for guidance and He will lead you as you ride through life’s trials and tribulations.