October 1, 2011
"He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling
against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them . . .. Then He climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped." Mark 6:48, 51
I am unsure of which part of the aforementioned Scripture I find more fascinating--the fact that Jesus noticed that His disciples were in trouble, or the fact that He went to them.
Friends, we have a Savior who "hems us in from behind and before" (Psalm 139:5). He stands very much aware of the trials we face. Indeed, the very circumstances in which we find ourselves had to first pass through His sovereign hand. Though we may not understand why God allows trouble to come our way we know He has promised, "Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).
Jesus saw that they were in serious trouble.
Jesus came toward them.
Jesus climbed into the boat with them.
He comes alongside of us amidst our circumstances.
And the wind stopped.
And His presence calms even the mightiest storm.
In what "boat" do you find yourself?
Will you allow Jesus to climb in?