When Is God Going to Show Up?
Doesn’t He know I feel all alone in this storm? Does He care?
We all face storms in life. You do, I do, we all do. And maybe today you’re in the midst of a personal storm and you find your heart is fearful. You’re worried. You feel insecure.
You find yourself asking questions like, “God, are You going to show up at all? Where are You, Lord? Don’t You know I’m out here in this storm, and it’s dark, and I feel all alone? I’m rowing against the wind!”
Jesus’ disciples knew the feeling, as we find in Mark chapter 4…
On the same day, when evening had come, [Jesus] said to [the disciples], “Let us cross over to the other side.” Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”
Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
When you travel from whatever you’re embroiled in to wherever the promise of God says is your destination… you may go through a storm. All of the forces of hell may come in and stir up the elements; they may stir up events; they may stir up the evil hearts of men and women; and they may stir up the passions of the flesh to stop the assignment God has given you.
But let me tell you: They cannot stop the program of God. They cannot nullify the promise of God that says, “Let us cross over to the other side.” It doesn’t matter what happens. I want you to remember this truth when your heart wants to panic.
That’s why Jesus rebuked the disciples, saying, “Why are you so fearful? Why don’t you have any faith?” When you are in the midst of a storm, you need to remember Who gave you the promise. And you need to remember Who’s in your boat!
Remember that He’s the One Who rolls the heavens out like a scroll and measures it with the palm of His hand, and He calls the stars by name. Remember that He’s the One Who measures the dust of the hills in His balance. Remember that He’s the Creator of heaven and earth, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
He’s the One who parts the Red Sea and causes water to come out of a rock to quench the thirst of millions. He’s the Prince of Peace, the Everlasting Father, the King of Glory, and the Captain of Our Salvation.
He’s the One who spoiled principalities and powers, triumphing over them through the cross. He’s the One Who poured out His own precious blood on the cross and was raised from the dead on the third day, the One Who ascended into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God on high. He’s the Savior, the Healer, the Deliverer.
He’s the One who is in your boat! His name is Jesus Christ. He is the Son of the living God, the resurrected Redeemer.
So the next time you want to panic in the middle of a storm, you need to say, “Wait a minute. Who told me I was going over to the other side? Who is in this boat? Who is it who lives in me and dwells in me by His Spirit? He’s not going to go halfway across with me and let me sink. Jesus is along for the ride!”
Jesus—the very God of the universe—is with you all the way.