The Lord has chosen to fight for you! The Lion of the tribe of Judah arises to your defense! He is with you like a mighty warrior; like a mighty man of war He has marched out and gone to battle on your behalf! There is help for you in God! This has nothing to do with what you can do but because of His covenant with you. Because of His covenant with you, God’s presence is with you. God’s presence is better than the absence of danger. With God’s presence you can be at peace even in the greatest mayhem. Do you think with Jesus (asleep as He was) in that boat the disciples would have really drowned? (Matthew 8:23-26, Mark 4:35-40, Luke 8:22-25)
They woke Jesus up shouting, He rebuked the storm and then there was complete calm but they were still afraid. Why? Because of the size of their strength. I believe among those disciples were Simon (Peter), John, James and Andrew – experienced at sea for they were fishermen but their strength was too small – their experience couldn’t calm the storm. It’s very interesting how the disciples’ statements differ from one gospel to another, revealing different emotions and responses:
• “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” – Matthew 8:25. Matthew seems to cry for help
• “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” – Luke 8:24. Luke appears foresee doom.
• “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” – Mark 4:38. Mark seems to view Jesus as aloof or even nonchalant.
In your storm, what is your response? Are your emotions taking over? Any time the source of your strength is less than the challenge facing you, fear runs wild. Your fear is based not on the size of your challenge but on the size of your strength. Where is your strength? What is the size of your strength?
The Lord says, “I will help you and uphold you.” You may not see how that is possible but it is because your ways are not His ways, His ways are higher than yours. Think of the ways of the Lord like the rays of the sun, when He comes to solve your problem, He can do so in different ways.
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. – Isaiah 55:8-9 NLT
He can use something the world considers foolish to make something notable out of it; leaving them in utter bewilderment those who thought are wise. In your storm, in your trouble, you may appear foolish trusting in God. People around you are sure you will drown; they are convinced that your financial hardship will sweep you over; they are certain that the only place your health is going is down; they are persuaded that your marriage is over; they are doubtful that your children will ever walk with the Lord… But didn’t God tell you: When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you (Isaiah 43:2).
Hang in there. Do not despair. In this challenge God wants you to learn something so that you can in turn teach the generations to come what it means to remain standing in faith, in order to build their strength and have a relationship with God. When you are confident in God’s strength you have no fear. You shall not fear for you are established in righteousness (Isaiah 54:14).