12
Oct
14

Truths About Suffering – Jesus is Watching

And after getting into a boat, they started to cross the sea to Capernaum. And it had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.  And the sea began to be stirred up because a strong wind was blowing…Therefore they had rowed about three or four miles…  John 6:17-19a

Perhaps the most difficult adventure in the Christian life is encountering adversities.  Every single born again believer who truly seeks to truly serve God will meet with them throughout their lives.  Trials and tribulations such as the loss of a job, a serious medical condition, financial woes, the death of a loved one or a divorce, among others, are events that can absolutely turn our world upside down.  We can feel alone and not know which way to turn, and it may seem like there is no end to the suffering.

The disciples had been put on a ship by Jesus, Himself, and went out to sea.  A murky scene develops as it gets night time.  Now on top of this, a storm started, and it was building in its intensity.  In fact, Matthew 14:24 says that the ship was “tossed with the waves.”  To say the least, they were in a fix.  They were about 2 or 3 miles out to sea, in the middle of a storm in the dark so they could not navigate by the stars, and now the boat was being tossed about with the waves.  They were frightened.  They must have felt alone and abandoned, not knowing which way to turn.  It probably seemed like there would be no end to their trouble.

The one thing that they did not realize is that Jesus saw them!  Mark 6:48 reveals that Jesus saw them in the middle of the dark clouds of the storm, 2 or 3 miles out to sea, in a boat that was being assaulted by the waves.  Job was in the middle of his own tribulation when he proclaimed, “But He knows the way I take” (Job 23:10).

When it seems that we are at our wit’s end, it is such a joy to know that we are neither gone, nor forgotten from His eyes!

This devotion is the third in a series of four.  Be sure to read the first two, “Jesus Has Already Prayed for Us!” and “We are Sent into Storms.”  Be sure to watch for the last devotion in the near future.

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