How are you? How is your week going? Are you in a storm in this season of your life?
The Bible makes it clear that we will suffer in this life. Most likely, you are in a storm of your own right now. If not, you probably just got out of one, or you will go into one. We saw this past Sunday that the disciples entered into a storm while crossing the lake to Capernaum. Through this story, we see three things about Jesus and our storms.
First, just like the disciples, Jesus is the One who sends us into the storms. He sends us into these storms, not because He is cruel. He sends us into them, because He knows that they are for our good. He sanctifies, purifies, and refines us through the fire of our storms. And we can take comfort in the truth that He is sovereign over our storms.
Second, just like our story, Jesus sees us and meets us in the storms. Jesus sees us and watches over us. We know that He is the Great High Priest who is praying for us. Not only that, He meets us in our storms. For the disciples, He does the impossible in walking on water to meet His disciples. In the same way, He does the impossible by becoming a man to be with us. He does not stay far away. He pursues us and goes to us as our present comfort and peace.
Lastly, Jesus saves us from the storm. He delivers the disciples out of the storm to shore. Jesus will deliver us as well. He will bring us to completion on the Last Day. He will carry us in our storms, and He will deliver us. We know this for certain, because He delivered us from the greatest storm of sin in our lives. He received the storm of the wrath of God for the judgment of our sin on the cross. He was cut off from God so that we can be with Him forever.
This is how we know He will deliver us from our storms. It may not be in this lifetime. It may not be in the exact way we expect. However, we know that He will deliver us on the Last Day when there will be no more tears, sorrow, shame, pain, death, or sin. This is our everlasting hope.
New Life, as you are in a storm or will enter into one, know that Jesus has sent you, sees and meets you, and saves you. May we take hold of Jesus by faith in His grace.
See you all on Sunday for Lord’s Day Worship. Pray for one another!
In Christ,
Pastor Tim
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