Getting to the other side, isn’t that what we all want to do? All we want to do is be opposite of where we are now. Standing on the edge of one shore with a whole mess of stormy ocean in between, all our hearts yearn to do is get through this mess safely and plant our feet on the shore of peace that stands waiting to receive us after navigating the tumultuous oceans in between.
But, it’s that whole mess of raging ocean in between that’s the problem. Sometimes life is hard. Sometimes the waves are so high and terrible, the view of the shore is obscured. Sometimes they crash so violently that I can’t help cry out with the disciples, “Lord, save us!” (Matthew 8:25). The situation is hard and we are desperate and screaming for deliverance!
The Lord hears, and He questions them, “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26). For the disciples, Jesus wanted to know, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25).
Let’s face it, like the disciples, sometimes it’s hard to see past what is before you right now. With fearsome events swirling around, and disaster seemingly imminent, “seeing” a positive end to this rise is very difficult. But, God never asked us to see the better end. He asks us to hold on, in faith, and trust that He will get us to the other side.
Four times we are told in His word, “The just shall live by faith,” (Hab. 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38). And, in 2 Corinthians we are told, “We walk by faith, not by sight,” (5:7). Yet, no matter how much we hear or read these encouraging words from Scripture, when it comes our time to be in the boat tossed about on the raging seas, many are ready to abandon ship because they just can’t see the way to the other side. But, abandoning ship doesn’t get you to the other side. It only leaves you treading water in the middle of the waves.
I don’t scoff at the disciples for waking Jesus, because if you don’t know how to get through the storm safely, and if you are having trouble navigating the ferocious winds in your life, it’s best to lean on Jesus in the middle of the storm. It’s best to speak to the one who cannot only see you safely to the other side but quiet the mess in between (Matthew 8:26). If your goal is the other side, Jesus is your way. Trust that if you are riding with Him, you will arrive safely on that shore of peace because Jesus never fails.
“He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.” – Psalm 107:29
“The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.” – Psalm 34:17
“The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.” – Nahum 1:7