Now on one of those days Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out. But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. – Luke 8:22-23
Often we do not see a storm when it’s brewing. Sometimes storms just come up suddenly like it did for these men on this day, and hits our life completely unexpected. But one thing we need to always remember: there is a Providence that led us into the storm. God is not the author of evil, but everything happens to His children according to His sovereign purposes and plan.
Jesus tells His disciples to get into the boat and “let us go over to the other side of the lake.” Notice He did not say let’s get in the boat and drown out in the water. He did not say let’s get in the boat and go brave the storm. He said to get in the boat; we’re going to the other side! Brothers and sisters, if Christ tells you that you are going to the other side, then you’re going to the other side! Now I don’t know what may happen in the midst, but you’re going to the other side if you’ll just stay with Him and stay faithful to Him.
Now, there are two keys to faithful discipleship. One key is that you have to focus on the person, Christ. HE was in this boat. Secondly, you need to focus on the promise – the word of God. What was His word? We are going to the other side.
You have to look at the text and let it preach to you, and learn who He is. Quit listening to much of what is said about Jesus today, which is not the Jesus of scripture. Learn who this Jesus is, and He will become precious to you, glorious to you, a treasure to you, and a joy to you. You’ve got to look at His person and stay focused on His promise. He said He will be faithful to you and get you all the way through. Our calling is to follow Him in every path He leads us, call upon Him in every danger that comes our way, and praise Him for every deliverance He provides.
You see, if there were never storms, we would never know His power to deliver from the storms. All that is and all that happens is to the ultimate end of us knowing who He is better that we might glorify Him more completely. God reveals some of the greatness and majesty of who He is during the storm that is not revealed in other ways. So understand that when the storms come, there is a divine leading that brought you there and a divine purpose behind it.