“But the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it” (Matthew 14:24).
Are you in trouble? If you are, you are not the first, and you won’t be the last. Life is full of trouble. For the disciples, trouble came in a fragile little wooden boat in the middle of an angry sea. For you and me, it comes in many ways. It may be through death of a loved one or the reality of our own mortality. It may be through divorce, job loss, loss of health, loss of income, or a number of other reasons.
You may ask why there are so many troubles. Sometimes, we bring trouble on ourselves by not obeying God (Jonah 1:3). And amazingly enough, sometimes we bring trouble on ourselves by obeying Him (Mark 1:45); going against what’s widely accepted but wrong (racism, lying, cheating, war, etc.). Sometimes we simply have trouble because we are human and its part of the human condition (Job 14:1).
If you’re in trouble—I have good news for you. Jesus cares! He loves you! He often comes in your darkest hour when you realize you can’t fix the problem.
When we ask for His help, He comes to us in different ways. He comes to us through the Bible; through prayer; and through other people.
The story of the disciples in the middle of a terrible storm is not just an ancient story. It is a sign and symbol of what He always does. He said, “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Robert Wilkerson is a minister and Christian writer. He is co-founder of People For the Christian Way.