Trusting God in the storm
''I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.' Philippians 4:13 NLT
Sometimes God helps us grow our faith by allowing us to go through challenging situations. We need to have something to look forward to and believe God for, otherwise our faith stays in one place. Mark 6:45-51 (NIV) says, 'Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him.' When a storm came up in the night, the disciples had to row through it for hours until Jesus walked across the water to meet them. As soon as he climbed into the boat, the storm died down.
Jesus didn't prevent his disciples from facing the storm. Jesus also knew the right time to step in. He was teaching them to follow his instruction and trust him even when things were difficult. He teaches us the same things today through our challenges.
Nineteenth-century American preacher and abolitionist Phillips Brooks wrote, 'Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your power, pray for power equal to your tasks.' We don't experience the extent of God's resources until we do something that seems impossible. That's when we discover: 'I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength' (Philippians 4:13 NLT).
So what now? Is there a situation you're feeling intimidated by? Trust God to help you grow your faith and strength through the situation.
Soulfood: Ex 13-15 Jn 1:43-51 Ps 131 Pro 26:7-9,