Truths About Suffering – We Are Sent Into Storms

Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea.  John 6:16

Jesus prepares the storms for us, but most importantly, he has already prepared us for the storm!

In this verse, it is simply stated that Jesus’ disciples went down to the sea, and in verse 17, they got on a ship.  Matthew 14:22 gives us more details in its description, stating that Jesus “constrained His disciples to get into a ship and to go before Him unto the other side…”  It is interesting to note that Jesus, as the God-Man, still held all the attributes of God.  This would include God’s omniscience, or the fact that God knows everything.  Nothing is a surprise to God.  In essence, Jesus Christ knew that He was sending the disciples directly into the path of a bad storm.

We all face bad storms in our lives.  It’s all part of being human.  Job basically made the statement that we all run into “trouble” (Job 5:7, 14:1).  In fact, this is exactly the kind of life that Jesus has called us in which to serve.  While we are not of this world, we are called to serve in it.  If we are serving the right way, then we will be ruffling the feathers of some folks.  And sometimes, just to strengthen our faith, the Lord will direct our paths into troubled seas.

The most blessed fact of all this devotion applied to the disciples in that day, and applies to us today.  That blessed fact is that Jesus prepared that trial for them ahead of time, directing them right into it.  But, most importantly, He had already prepared them for the trial!

This devotion is the second in a series of four.  Be sure to read the first one, “Jesus Has Already Prayed for Us!” and watch for the next two devotions in the near future.


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