“Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!””
Matthew 8:23-27 NIV
When you give Jesus your Broken Heart, essentially, you’re following Him onto a boat, giving Him permission to be the Captain of your Ship and letting Him steer you into your designed destiny.
Just because He is in the boat with you, however, doesn’t exempt you from encountering some storms on the journey. Like the disciples, when you face these storms, it came seem like God is absent. It may seem like His silence is an apathetic attitude to your dilemma. But there’s something we can learn from this little adventure on the boat with the twelve.
While reading this text recently, I was on Team Jesus with his response to the disciples call for help. “Oh you of little faith!” It’s easy to say when you’re outside looking in but when you’re in the boat, it’s such an easy cry to make.
The storm is furious, the waves are coming in the boat, so the boat must be swaying back and forth- seemingly threatening their safety and lives. But one thing was guaranteeing them that they would reach the shore alive and He was sleeping in the gallows.
Jesus didn’t come to die on a boat. He wasn’t about to have His life cut short because some wind and waves were coming at Him. He created the wind systems and formed the waters in the sea- they were never going to have authority over His destiny. He displayed His authority and shocked them all but that was even unnecessary. His very presence in the boat, spoke volumes to the waves and wind before He even opened His mouth.
And so it is with your life. Jesus has a destiny for you that He is committed to. He’s got promises stored up for you and He is the greatest promise keeper. With Him in the boat of your life, you don’t need to be afraid when things start to overwhelm you. You don’t have to fear that your life, your promises, your destiny are not going to be reached. You’re going to get there because Jesus is in You and He is with You and He has authority over everything that is trying to assail you.
When we understand the Sovereignty of God in our lives, then peace will replace fear.
“God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”
Numbers 23:19 NIV
There’s freedom in knowing that God is in control. Why? Because then we don’t feel like we have to control everything. If He said He was going to do something, you can be assured He will do it! Don’t let the circumstances, the storms, your emotions or your pride, try to dictate your confidence in your future. He said that He knows the plans He has for you- plans to give you a hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
You’re life is not over yet. The fact that you’re still living, means that God hasn’t finished with you yet. And when He’s not done, you don’t need to fear losing your life because He is more about completing the thing He started in your life than you are. Keep going!
Dear Jesus, thank you for being the Captain of my Ship. Thank you that there is safety, security and peace when you are involved in my life. I know that your promises for my life will come about so I trust you to bring them to me. As I wait, help me to navigate the storms with a peace in my heart that glorifies your name. You are the Prince of Peace so I choose to submit to you. I love you Jesus. In Jesus name, Amen