Walking on Water: Obedience and Storms

Matthew 14:22‭, ‬24 NKJV
Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
The disciples probably had a lot to talk about in the boat. This is because they had just experienced one of the most amazing miracles. Jesus had just fed 5000 men with 5 loaves and two fish and they had collected 12 baskets full of left overs. May be they had the baskets with them on the boat and each was eager to narrate the experience from their perspective. What a victory.
Remember it was Jesus who had made them to get into the boat and cross over to the other side while Jesus went to pray.
Sometimes the greatest storms in our lives will happen right after great victories and not because we are walking in sin but right when we are in the will of God.
The disciples were walking in obedience to the words of Christ but here they are facing the storm of their life and to make matters worse, Jesus who sent them in that direction is not with them.
You can imagine coming from a place of reminiscing of the miraculous power of God and the victories you have just gained to suddenly being terrified feeling like God had forsaken you.
Remember some of these men were experienced fishermen who had spent hours on the rough seas so this must have been a fierce storm to overwhelm them.
This is the lesson we can learn from them….. Just because you are in the center of God’s will does not exempt you from storms. Storms don’t necessarily mean that you have sinned and even when you feel alone God is always with you.
Reflections.
Have you ever experienced a sudden fierce storm right after an amazing victory? What happened?
Has obedience to Gods instructions ever led you right into a storm? What happened?
What’s your attitude when you are hit by an unexpected storm in your life?
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