DO YOU KNOW HOW TIRED YOU WOULD BE IF YOU ROWED A BOAT FOR 3 to 4 MILES IN CHOPPY WATERS? That was the dilemma in which Jesus’ followers found themselves. Oh how they were aching for the Prince of Peace! They were yearning, longing for His Presence- but when? When? Will He ever show up again?! They were carrying around the beauty of His message in weakened bodies. You’ve been there. The hurts, the questions! Are you destined for a watery grave, an eternity of hopelessness? But by faith you didn’t give up. Like the Apostle Paul you kept looking into the darkness –
“For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;”
2 Corinthians 4:16-17
Isn’t it amazing! Jesus always shows up “when we have exhausted our hoarded resources.”
“When they had rowed the boat about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the water, coming toward the boat. The followers were afraid, but Jesus said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.””
John 6:19-20 (ncv)
“‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,Whose mind is stayed on Thee.’
When the shadows come and darkness falls,
He giveth inward peace.
Oh, He is the only perfect Resting Place!
He giveth perfect peace.
‘Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on Thee.’”
(Vivian A. Kretz)