“Immediately he made his disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. And after he had taken leave of them, he went up on the mountain to pray. And when evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them, but when they saw him walking on the sea they thought it was a ghost, and cried out, for they all saw him and were terrified. But immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” And he got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. And they were utterly astounded, for they did not understand about the loaves, but their hearts were hardened.”
Mark 6:45-52 ESV
Jesus prays for them.
It may seem strange that Jesus sent them into a storm but He did. He knew the storm was coming and that’s why He was praying for them. He was praying for their faith and trust to remain. He was praying for their situation; and He’s praying the same for you now.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15
Jesus comes for them after a while.
The disciples had been in this storm and situation a long time. It may seem that Jesus was cruel to let them stay so long. Perhaps it was to bring them to an end of themselves? These men were used to storms and being on the water during them. They had dealt with similar situations. Perhaps Jesus lets them come to the end of themselves so they can actually see their need for Him?
Jesus speaks to them.
The men see Jesus crossing in front of them and think He’s a ghost. Instead of rebuking them, Jesus speaks words of comfort: “take comfort, it is I”. More than anything in this life, Jesus wants us to recognize His desire is to bring peace and comfort into our lives which only happens through His presence.
Jesus steps into the boat with them.
Jesus didn’t remain outside of the boat. He stepped into the situation with the men. Even though He was perfectly fine out of the boat, His desire was to be with them not separated from them. Jesus always wants us to sense His presence and friendship with us in all our situations.
Jesus speaks to nature.
When Jesus speaks to the storm and waves, they obey. Jesus has ultimate power and control over everything in our lives. Let Him speak into your situation. He has the power to calm any storm and reduce any wave. Let Him bring peace to you.
Is there a situation that Jesus has sent you into that you don’t understand? What are you learning?
Do you sense His presence with you? Do you believe He’s praying for you?
How has Jesus spoken words of comfort and peace in your storms lately?
How has your storms taught you about faith and trust?
What has amazed you concerning Jesus’ power demonstrated through your recent situation?