Most of us know this truth found in the gospels of Matthew, Mark and John. Jesus had just finished feeding the disciples and the multitude miraculously. Jesus immediately made the disciples get in a boat afterwards and set sail to Bethsaida while He went up on the mountain to pray alone. This happened most likely in the late afternoon as evening found Jesus praying on the mountain alone. (Matthew 14:23)
When evening came, Jesus “saw that they were making headway painfully for the wind was against them.” (Mark 6:48) At about the fourth watch, Jesus came to them, walking on the sea. At first sight, they were terrified, shouting, “It is a ghost!” (Matthew 14:26) But “immediately, [Jesus] spoke to them and said, ‘Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.’ “ (Mark 6:50, brackets mine)
Jesus then “got into the boat and the wind ceased.” (Mark 6:51) The disciples “were glad to take him into the boat.” (John 6:21) Matthew’s version of this truth covers Peter’s “little faith” but we are not going to talk about that today. Right now I want to share how Jesus performed an unexpected rescue. Unexpected to the disciples, that is.
Our lives will be filled with many unexpected “storms” just like the disciples experienced. Yet we can have peace in knowing that God knows each one of those storms we will face. From the littlest ones to the ones that really shake us. The disciples didn’t foresee this storm they would encounter and definitely didn’t know the extent of its fierceness, but Jesus did. In the gospel of Mark, we read that Jesus saw their storm. God foresees our storms as well. Nothing is hidden from Him, friends. “And no creature is hidden from his sight.” (Hebrews 4:13)
Sometimes we are in the middle of a storm in life and begin feeling we won’t make it out. It tries every fiber of our faith and we begin to think we won’t survive. The disciples not only were shaken about by this storm but it was occurring at night. This most likely increased their fears about the whole situation. God’s people are not exempt from heavy storms. Yet we have hope. So did the disciples.
That hope is Jesus. See, Jesus did not leave the disciples to their fear and frightening situation. Instead, he came to them. Did you catch that? He came to them. He not only came but he walked on water to get to them. And he was not late about doing so. The account says Jesus came “in the fourth watch of the night.” That would be like 3 a.m. in the morning. It may seem like he waited too long but God’s timing is perfect all the time. Jesus knew just when to go to the disciples. We must trust the timing of God. He is never early nor late.
So, our Savior walked on raging tides at the peak of the morning to save His own. That’s what God does for us in our storms. He comes in the right moment to rescue us even when we aren’t expecting it. The disciples certainly didn’t expect to see Him. We can tell that by their terrified reaction. However, Jesus was there to deliver them. We can believe He will do the same for us in our tough times according to His will. When it feels like we will not be able to stand and walk through our storm or we feel we are alone in doing so, we can hold onto the fact that God is always on time and can overcome all. He does not leave us or forsake us. “And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.” (Psalm 9:10)
This wonderful truth in the gospels reassures us of a faithful God. May you know His faithfulness today and always believe in the almighty power of an on time God.
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