NOTE: This was originally written three years ago. I offer it again at this time.
Saints, some awful times are pressing in on us. Such as the world has not seen. Take all the evil men and wrap them up together as one, and it still will not compare what will take place one day. Satan is building his government on this earth. He is using vile wicked men and women in high places of power — evil people who call good evil and evil good.
But we are not to be taken by surprise. For the Word of God has already told us these things would happen.
I suspect they will want to kill us one day. But this too, should be no surprise. Jesus has told us many times we would be hated for His Name sake.
I know we all have heard the teaching when Jesus and his disciples were on the boat in the sea. A raging storm developed while Jesus was asleep. The disciples scared out of their minds, began crying out to him, “Don’t you care we are about to die!” Now remember, these were probably tough burley men. Surely they were used to storms. It probably was not the first time they were in one. Many times before they depended upon their own strength to man the sails and button down the hatches — so to speak.
So what was so different from this storm? The difference was Satan himself was in the middle of it, trying to kill them all!
I can imagine those strong men doing everything in their physical strength to get control of the boat! I can hear the shouting over the raging sea. I can see the activity of man power at work. I can almost smell the salt sea in my nostrils. I can feel the violent rocking of the boat and the waves of water violently hitting me in the face. I can imagine all of these things.
But to imagine someone asleep? Nope, only Jesus could sleep through something like that! He was comfy too. Because it says he was sleeping with a pillow.
Why were they in the boat to begin with? Jesus had just gotten done preaching to the multitudes and even had worked miracles.
So the storm hits them and what is the first thing the disciples do, besides panic? They forget the miracles they had previously seen. A leper being healed, a paraplegic healed, Peter’s mother-in-law healed from a fever, demons cast out. It says He healed ALL who were sick.
So I imagine Jesus in his physical body was tired. No sin in being tired now, is there? So if it is was no sin for Jesus, then do not be hard on yourselves in the days to come. Lay down, get comfy, hunker down with Jesus in that place of rest between just you and Him. Let Him be more than enough.
So the disciples run to Him in terror crying out, “Don’t you care we are about to die!?” In other words, “Why aren’t you up with us helping us man the sails?! We could use you about now!”
Isn’t that just like we are sometimes? I am SO guilty of this. We see all hell breaking lose all around us and we want everybody else to see it too. Never mind they are all comfy on their pillow. Oh yes, some ARE asleep and apathetic and those need to be waken up.
But others just might be hunkering down with Jesus and that is a good thing. So may God give us all discernment on who is sleeping and who is resting with Jesus.
But when we panic, what we are really doing is wanting someone to come to our rescue. We are wanting someone to man the sails with us.
And yes, there is a time and place for that. But if Jesus is in the boat, there is no excuse for panic. (I speak to myself right now.) In fact He is not only IN the boat, He is THE boat that floats!
Hollywood has shown movies of Jesus getting up and standing and rebuking the sea. But I’m not so certain it happened that way. Who knows? He may have just rolled over and rebuked it right then and there. No theatrics, no drama. Just plain old Holy Ghost power that did not need any special music in the background, did not need the fanfare of men, did not need an audience. Just simple Holy Ghost power that said, “Peace, be still!”
We have that very same annointing in us, Church. So we needn’t go looking here or there to get it or to receive it. We already have it. Who is man that I have to go tramping off after his annointing or power when the same Spirit that is in Christ Jesus dwells in me? That is an insult to God Himself! I will not do it. Especially now. We have to know Jesus has got to be more than enough in ALL things now.
And then he rebuked his disciples saying, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”
Let us be careful going around rebuking anyone for what some may consider a lack of faith during these last days. Unless you yourself are parting seas and oceans and able to stop a storm, actually healing the sick besides putting on a show, then do not dare speak about someone else lacking faith. Jesus is the ONLY One who can get by with saying those words. He is perfectly capable of speaking to his children at any time.
Dare not say them to me. Because you too, may find yourself trembling at some point with the attitude, “Don’t you care we are about to die!” I will show you mercy.
One thing is for sure, it STILL made the disciples question who He was. They fearfully asked, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
Who was He? He was and is Almighty God! He is the One who takes the weak and makes them strong! He is the One who brings peace in the midst of the storm! He is the One who is more than able to keep us!
Romans 8:37-39 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Getting comfy with Jesus may be no small task. Vile dark things are coming out in the news everyday. We will begin experiencing things we never experienced before. Some of us will be tested in many different ways. But it is important to take that time out and get comfy with Him in the midst of the storm.
Let His Word wash over you. When you have no words to say because your heart is overwhelmed, He has given us Psalms. Speak them out. Tell Him exactly how you think and feel. Even though, He already knows, talk to Him. Talk to Him as if He were sitting right in front of you. He is you know? You just can not see Him. And He cares about every single thing that is on Your heart. He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Church, there is a storm a brewing. Oh it’s coming like never before. Find that secret place of the Most High and dwell there. He will never leave us nor forsake us. We are gonna have to ride this storm out one way or another. So get in the boat with Jesus. He IS THE boat that floats!