June 7, 2016

John 6:15-25

How do you expect God to act in the midst of a storm? The disciples set out for Capernaum after waiting some time for Jesus. They were several miles from shore—without Jesus—when the storm came upon them. Jesus defied laws of nature by walking on the water toward them. Although afraid at first, once Jesus spoke, they knew all was well and they arrived safely at their destination.

Sometimes, storms come upon us suddenly. Life can throw us curveballs such as illness, financial stress, losing loved ones, depression, and more. In these times, it can feel like we are all alone—like we can’t see Jesus. Do we expect God to be there? Do we look for his presence amongst the disaster or are we caught up in our fear? Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

The power of the living and life-giving Word of God is that even in times we feel distressed, we can know and trust God is with us. Once we hear his voice, the calm comes, and God rescues us from our fear.