Matthew 14:22-24 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. 23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
Storms can be terrifying. Expected or unexpected, outside or inside of us.
Are you prepared for the unexpected storm?
In this text, the disciples found themselves in a terrible storm. They had just finished their mission work with Jesus in the feeding of the multitude of 5k men, not including women and children.
Jesus, having forced (constrained) them into a boat, while He go up to a mountain to pray, knowing the storm was coming, sent them out to cross over the other side of the sea of Galilee where He promised to meet them there.
In their obedience to Christ command, the Disciples encountered an unexpected, sudden storm that was not only without, but also within. The sea was raging and the fear in their hearts were raging too.
Storms often occur on the sea of Galilee, so I am sure the Disciples were not immediately worried about it because being fishermen, they had probably seen a lot of storms, but this one was different. This storm was one of a much greater magnitude than the ones they had seen before because this one was more fierce with no relief in sight.
The disciples were caught off guard, but not caught without God. They had a personal relationship with Jesus and when the storm began to rage without relief, after hours of "faith testing" Jesus shows up walking on water to rescue them. He was their anchor in the storm.
Outside storms can be prepared for to some degree by following the direction given in the instructions on how to prepare for an outside storm. Food, water, storm supplies, leaving danger zones, etc.
Inside storms within us are oftentimes unpredicted and most of the time unexpected. They too can be prepared for even when unpredicted and unexpected.
Just like with expected storms form the outside, inside storms have preparation rules also. Seek the Lord while He may be found, repent, acknowledge that you are a drowning sinner and in need of a Savior, accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, Love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, body and soul and love our neighbor as ourselves, reverence God and obey what He has commanded you in His Word and He will assure you of a safe rescue from the raging sea that has drowned so many others who were not prepared to meet Him because they did not prepare for the storm within.
What about you? Do you have storm protection for the unexpected storms of life that is guaranteed to come to all of us? Are you insured with Jesus life insurance policy? Is the "Savior" called Jesus Christ your anchor in the storm? Is your soul anchored in Him? If not, it is time to get anchored before you drown!
I promise you that if the “will of God” for your life is “first priority” in your life, when the last storm comes that is called ”death” shows up on the sea of life, you will not drown for you will have been prepared to meet Jesus and saved from the storm.
If Jesus is not your anchor for the storm within, you will definitely drown. The raging sea called the “world system” will definitely drown you, leaving you unprepared and not ready to meet Jesus when He comes for you.
You do know that Jesus is coming back right? The first time He came as “Savior,” the 2nd coming will be as “Judge”. Are you prepared?
Hebrews 6:19 - We have this hope as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, which enters the Inner Place behind the veil.
I wonder how many of you this day, find yourself in a storm? It may be the storm of some unexpected change. It may be the storm of tragedy. It may be the storm of failure or fear.
Whatever your storm may be, there is a storm rescuer called “JESUS”.
Do you need Him on today? He knows you need Him, therefore He is calling you.
Matthew 11:28-29 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me. For I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
I urge, beg, plea, exhort you on today to find shelter before the storm comes. It is not a question of “if” but “when”.
Jesus is the only place to run to when the storm comes. Do you have Him in your boat? Indeed, He alone can calm a stormy, raging sea. He alone can speak to it and bring about the much needed rest and peace you stand in need of on today.
I can only hope and pray that this day would be the day that He becomes your “Anchor” before life’s guaranteed storms come.
Are you prepared for the unexpected storm? You can no longer ignore this question.
God bless and do tell the Lord thank you for being your “Anchor” in life’s storm people of God.
I love you all.