Jesus is God’s Answer to Man’s Despair

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Trouble is what draws us closer to Jesus and strengthens us to face life’s storms.

In John 6, Jesus’ disciples were caught up in a treacherous storm, when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the Sea of Galilee. This passage reminds us that Jesus is God’s answer to Man’s despair. 

When we find ourselves tossed about by the storms of life, there are six anchors for the soul we can hold onto.

“I am governed by His providence.”

The storm the disciples faced did not take Jesus by surprise; nor were the disciples there by mistake. When we face unexpected storms, we must remember that even though it seems contrary to us, we are exactly where God has placed us and His providence is there, too.

“I am growing by His plan.”

When we look back on our lives, we will see that we grew the most in times of trouble; God engineers problems for our development. 

Adrian Rogers says, “Faith, like film, is developed best in the dark.”

“I am graced by His prayers.”

Before Jesus appeared to the disciples on the waves, He was alone on the mountain top, praying for them. From His vantage point, He could see the storm they were entering. Though the disciples did not see Him, He did not take His eyes off of them. Jesus sees us and prays for us, especially when we are in the midst of a storm. 

“I am gladdened by His presence.”

John 6:20-21 says “But He said to them, ‘It is I; do not be afraid.’ Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.” More than miracles, we need Jesus. Many times, we are positioned to cry out to Him, so that we may know a deeper glory and grace when He arrives.

“I am guarded by His power.”

God’s will does not take us where His grace cannot keep us. Anything over our heads is already under His feet. He has overcome the world; the Great I AM will always be.

“I am guided by His purpose.”

We are predestined to be like Jesus; God has a purpose for every storm. He gets in the boat with us and sees us to the shore. 

Life Application

Are you going through a storm right now? Remember these six truths and trust in Jesus. 

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Known for his evangelistic zeal and uncompromising commitment to the Word of God, Adrian Rogers was one of the greatest preachers, respected Bible teachers, and Christian...

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