On That Day Remember Who Is In The Boat With You
How many of you have ever had a day when:
- your faith and trust in Jesus Christ were rocked?
- you found yourself full of fear from a relentless storm?
- you ran to Jesus Christ to save you?
Many are experiencing that same day today. But we shouldn't lose sight of who is in the boat with us, the One who can calm the storm, the one in whom we can rest...Christ Jesus.
The Theology Of Rest
Why are ye fearful, 0 ye of little faith? — Matthew 8:26
When we are afraid, the least we can do is pray to God. But our Lord has a right to expect that those who name His Name have an underlying confidence in Him. God expects His children to be so confident in Him that in any crisis they are the ones who are reliable.
Yet our trust is only in God up to a certain point, then we go back to the elementary panic prayers of those people who do not even know God. We come to our wits’ end, showing that we don't have even the slightest confidence in His sovereign control of the world; To us, He seems to be asleep, and we can see nothing but giant breaking waves on the sea ahead of us.
...“O ye of little faith!” What a stinging pain must have shot through the disciples as they surely thought to themselves, “We missed the mark again!” And what a sharp pain will go through us when we suddenly realize that we could have produced complete and utter joy in the heart of Jesus by remaining absolutely confident in Him, in spite of what we were facing.
There are stages in life when there is no storm, no crisis in our lives, and we do all that is humanly possible. But it is when a crisis arises that we instantly reveal upon whom we rely. If we have been learning to worship God and to trust Him, the crisis will reveal that we can go to the point of breaking, yet without breaking our confidence in Him.
We have been talking a great deal about sanctification — but what will be the result in our lives? It will be expressed in our lives as a peaceful resting in God, which means a total oneness with Him. And this oneness will make us not only blameless in His sight but also a profound joy to Him.