Many people like putting together jigsaw puzzles. We like looking at the boxtop to know how it is all supposed to turn out. We like that idea for our life as well. Now, here is the thing about the mystery, the puzzle of human life. We don’t have a box top for our entire life picture. We don’t. We don’t really know what the finished picture of our life is supposed to look like. We know what we WANT it to look like but we don’t really know but God does! God has the box top picture for the entire universe throughout all of time, including every detail of your life and mine. Sometimes we get a bunch of these puzzle pieces that ought to go right there if we had it our way but they just don’t fit and it can be really frustrating. Life doesn’t make sense. It is a mystery of faith.
This is Week Two – The Wind and The Waves. This week Greg talks about the doubts of the disciples while encountering storms at sea and how we too can survive the story seasons of our own lives.
“For now we see only a [PUZZLING] reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.” – 1 Corinthians 13:12
“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.” – Matthew 14:22-24
“Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.” – Matthew 14:25-26
“But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” – Matthew 14:27
Often God will choose to calm the storm in our SOUL before He calms the storm in our WORLD!
No storm is too great for Jesus. No wind and no waves can overpower our God. If God is allowing a storm to rage around us it is because He is going to use that situation for a greater purpose.
Jesus will always come walking to us in the midst of our storms in life. He will never abandon us. No matter how big the waves get and no matter how strong the wind blows, Jesus is bigger and stronger still. He may not remove us from the storm but He will definitely go through the storm with us. He may not remove us from the storm but He will always remove the storm from inside of us.
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” [Jesus] said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” – Matthew 14:28-30
The LONGER we walk with Jesus the LESS the outside storms shake us when they initially hit.
“That day when evening came, He said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took Him along, just as He was, in the boat. There were also other boats with Him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke Him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” – Mark 4:35-38
“He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” – Mark 4:39
When He allows a storm to continue to rage AROUND us, its’ always for a greater purpose a teaching moment for us. But He always speaks those words to the storm that rages INSIDE of us. He doesn’t always remove the storm but He always says to our troubled spirits, “Peace. Be still.” and the wind and the waves of our heart and mind are calmed.
He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” – Mark 4:40-41
“In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” – 1 Peter 1:6-7
“Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.” – Matthew 14:31-32
Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” – Matthew 14:33
It means that when things happen, even bad, windy, wavy, stormy things, God will cause the RESULTS of that storm to work together for your good. It means God never wastes a hurt.