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Encountering Jesus in the Storms of Life

About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.

Matthew 14:25 (NLT)

Battle Drill Daily Devotional

This week we are focusing on encountering Jesus in the storms of life, using the account of Jesus walking on the water from Matthew 14. You can catch up on yesterday’s sermon on Victorious Love here.

Some of us have been blown off course by the Coronavirus storm of 2020-2021. We feel out of control. Our health, our finances, our jobs, even our spiritual lives are nowhere near where we intended. We just want to feel safe again! That’s why so many of us are keen for things to “go back to normal.”

Where is Jesus in all of this?

About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water.

Matthew 14:25 (NLT)

He shows up! He doesn’t ask us to come to him. In fact, John records the boat had gone three or four miles from the shore. So, Jesus walks a long way on the water to come to us in our storms. He doesn’t stand on the side lines shouting instructions at us.

What we need most in the storms of life is his presence. So that’s what Jesus does. He shows up.

You may feel abandoned and lonely just now. As if no one cares what you’re really going through. All is well, despite your storms. Jesus comes to you with his peace-making presence. You can trust the one who controls the storms of life and ensure they do not overwhelm you.

O Saviour, whose almighty word
The winds and waves submissive heard,
Who walkedst on the foaming deep,
And calm amid its rage didst sleep:
O hear us when we cry to thee
For those in peril on the sea.

William Whiting (1825-1878)
Used By Permission. CCL Licence No. 30158
Copied from The Song Book of The Salvation Army
Song Number 11

Think It Over

Think about the following:

  • How does Jesus try to calm your fears?

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