" When believers are overwhelmed, anxious, or weary, they are looking at the situation and not the savior."
It's easy to give in to fear when things don't go as planned. When you lose your job or suddenly find yourself in a role or situation you didn't sign up to do.
So, how do we find stillness in the chaos?
How do we choose joy when we can't see it.
We have to trust.
But trust only happens when you have a relationship.
Think about dropping your child (or if you're like me your dog) off at somebody's house. You don't just get anybody to watch them. It's somebody you know. Someone who makes you feel confident that they can take care of your loved one just as much as you.
When believers are overwhelmed, anxious, or weary, they are looking at the situation and not the savior. We have to first seek a relationship with Him if we want to find peace in the storm.
Nothing else will bring you comfort other than Jesus. We have to first seek Him.
Peter is the perfect example of this.
"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."
"Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" - Matthew 14: 28-30
Some of us are praying, crying out to the Lord. And at the same time still turning to fear instead of faith.
Peter asked Jesus for a command. He received it and yet still began to sink in the presence of Jesus. Not because Jesus wasn't allowing him to walk, but because Peter chose to let the wind distract him.
He took his eyes off Jesus.
Have you ever talked to somebody and had an internal conversation in your head at the same time. Trying to process the conversation and your own thoughts at once. Only to realize you weren't actually listening to the other person, just looking.
This is what it's like when you don't trust God to protect you. We say one thing and then do something else. It's like asking for somebody to help you and then doing it yourself anyway. Because you think you can get it done faster or better than the person you asked.
We start to grow impatient when we don't see immediate change and start seeking our own will over Gods.
And I hate to break it to you, but your way is never going to be better.
Today, God is saying, "Come." Stop questioning if it's me. Don't let what's around you distract you from what I'm trying to do in you.
He wants to have a relationship with you.
To be your comforter and protector.
Here is some good news! Even when you are weak He is strong.
"Immediately, Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" - Matthew 14:31
Before Jesus even questions Peter, he reached for him. Which I think is so powerful. That even in the times we feel weak, we get distracted and start to doubt. He still chooses to reach for us.
Because God loves you too much to leave you where you are. And if it takes sinking to know that you are safe, he will allow it. Not to harm you, but for you to have the faith to know He will always be there, reaching out to save you.
So, would you trust him with the unknown, your family, your finances, your job?
Would you believe that He will protect you no matter the storm?
Let this encourage you
"And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” - Matthew 14: 32-33
When you focus your eyes on Jesus in the midst of the storm, you allow others to fix there focus. Impacting more people than you will ever know.
Let 2020, truly be the year of perfect vision.
That as Gods people we will not look in fear but see in faith.
Jesus is our savior because He is the God that saves.
"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." - Isaiah 41:10
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