Discovering Jesus in the Storm
“16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough.
19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened.20 But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.” John 6:16-21 NIV
Have you ever noticed that after great highs, often come followed by great lows? In John 6:16-18, the disciples had just come from a great day when Jesus fed 5,000 with a few fish and loaves of bread. They had experienced an amazing sign from Jesus, but then came the darkness of night and the perceived absence of Jesus.
I’d like to key in on verse 17. “… now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them.”
After a great time with Jesus, have you ever felt like you were in a dark place and Jesus had not yet joined you? Have you been in a scary place where you don’t sense the presence of Jesus? That’s where the disciples found themselves. They entered into a storm where there was a strong wind blowing and the waters grew rough They left the crowds behind… but they also left Jesus on the mountain!
Here are three lessons we can learn from John 6 about Discovering Jesus in the Storm:
1 – Jesus knows when to come. Verse 20
In the midst of your struggles in the storm, Jesus knows the time to come to you. He knows the perfect time to whisper in your ear, “It is I. Don’t be afraid.” He may speak through Bible passage, a sermon, a book, a friend, or a still small voice, but pay attention. Jesus knows when to come. He may come when you have rowed for three yards, thirty yards, or in this case, three or four miles, but pay attention, because Jesus knows when to come.
2 – Jesus doesn’t force His way in. Verse 21
Notice that Jesus didn’t force His way into the boat. He didn’t jump in and squish Himself into the boat against their will. Jesus is a gentleman. He entered by invitation only. The disciples were afraid, but they received Him in.
You may be afraid to invite Jesus into your life. Maybe you are afraid of what He may lead you do to, or where He might take you.
He honors you with a choice. We can deny Him entrance to our lives and choose to do it ourselves or we can do as the disciples did and welcome Him.
3 – The disciples didn’t turn back. Verse 21
Though the disciples found themselves in a storm, it’s important to recognize they didn’t turn back. They didn’t go back to
When Jesus arrived, they made it to the other side. It sure seems like they didn’t realize how close they were to the other side of the lake.
Maybe you are in a storm right now and you cannot sense the presence of Jesus. Trust that Jesus knows when to come. Invite Him to enter. He doesn’t force His way in. Don’t turn back. Don’t quit. Like the disciples, you may just be further along than you realize.
Come Lord Jesus come. I invite You to be Lord of the storm, Lord of my life, and Lord of my heart. I will follow You. No turning back. In the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.