13
Oct
14

Truths About Suffering – Keep on Rowing

When therefore they had rowed about three or four miles, they beheld Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near to the boat; and they were frightened.  But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.”  They were willing therefore to receive Him into the boat; and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going. – John 6:19-21

Jesus disciples had been in a boat since before sunset.  Matthew 14:25 said that it was about the fourth watch, which is somewhere between 3am to 6am.  All this time, they had been rowing against the waves, a task that must have exhausted them and cause their muscles to beg for rest.  It seemed like the more they waited and worked, the worse things seemed to get.  But they kept on rowing.

When things in our lives get so bad that we don’t think they can get any worse, it seems so easy to give up, but that is the exact moment that we must endure to the end.  It may seem that our very soul is begging for rest.  But we must keep on rowing.

That is the exact moment when we must be reminded of James’ praise of Job:  “You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful” (James 5:11).  What a promise, that the Lord is full of compassion and merciful to those who refuse to give up!

In our Scripture, when it seemed all was lost, Jesus appeared.  It scared the disciples at first, but He calmed them.  And when Jesus appeared, He came performing miracles.  First, He came walking on the water.  Second, He stopped the storm (Mark 6:51).  Last, when He boarded the ship, they immediately were taken 2 or 3 miles to the shore.  What an entrance Jesus makes!

He will do the same for us if we will just endure and wait on Him.

 Therefore the LORD longs to be gracious to you, And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the LORD is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him. – Isaiah 30:18

 

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

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