“…and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20b
Have you ever faced a difficult time in your life and the frustration was multiplied because it didn’t seem that Jesus was there for you?
The disciples faced this very situation. Jesus told them to take their boat to sea while He stayed behind to pray. Suddenly, a powerful storm came up. The terrified disciples faced it for several hours before Jesus, making a pretty dramatic entrance, showed up to comfort them. So, why didn’t Jesus come to them right away?
Well, think about it this way. When we are going through these hard times, it’s human nature for us to have the mindset that, “I’ve just got to work this out by myself!”
The disciples knew Jesus was on land and probably assumed there really wasn’t anything He could do anyway. But Christ was praying on the shore for the disciples as He saw the storm come up.
And you should realize that Jesus is hearing your prayers in the midst of your storms, as well.
Know this: There is no storm in your life stronger than Jesus. The fact is, Jesus doesn’t always give us a perfect peace and calm at the very moment that we’re pouring our hearts out to Him; sometimes the calm comes later. He will bring us His peace in His timing.
You can face your storms with courage because Jesus promises that He will be with you.