Welcome Back: Have you ever had those times in life where it feels like God has lost your number, or He has put you up on the shelf and forgotten about you? This feeling is not uncommon. The problem is, there are people out there who think that believers have to walk around with a big smile on their face, no matter what is going on in life.
I’ve got news for you, believers go through things in life just like everyone else does. God’s word tells us the joy of the Lord is my strength and that is so true. Did you know that you can have joy and still be sad? Jesus didn’t tell us that by believing on Him all our problems will go away, quite the opposite. In John 16:31-33
31“Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32“A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.
33“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Jesus was talking with His disciples of a time when things were going to get rough for the believers. He told us we will face troubles, but in those times of trouble, to take heart for He has overcome the world.
There are times in life when the storm rages and your boat will be tossed and turned, but you need not worry…for we have access to the one who controls the waves. There were times when even the disciples were afraid in an actual storm.
They were crossing the water to the other side and a great storm arose. They all thought they were going to die. Meanwhile, Jesus was asleep in the front of the boat, not worried about the storm.
38Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” 39And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. 40And He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?” 41They became very much afraid and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”
Even the disciples who were with Jesus had moments of doubt, because they worried about the circumstances surrounding them, rather than focusing on the fact that God would take care of them. Think about this…why was Jesus able to sleep in the middle of the storm? Because He knew that things were going to be okay.
This is no different today, we get in the middle of storms, whatever they may be in life. Whether it is sickness, financial issues, family issues or whatever example you choose. We all have storms that we will have to face, but thankfully when we’re a believer in Christ we don’t have to face the storms alone.
Things are not always easy, I get that and I understand. I don’t know what you are facing, but God does. Just like the disciples in the boat out on the water worrying that they were going to die, we have to trust that God’s got this. When we get into those storms in life, there are times that God takes us out of them and there are times that He will lead us through them. Either way, God is in control and nothing is going to change that. One way or another, God will get you through. Things might be rough as you go through the storm but you will get through. Place your trust in Jesus and He will never let you down.
Are you facing a storm right now that feels like God has forgotten about you?
Are you in the middle of a struggle where you need God to get you through?
Maybe you have been struggling with the decision of asking Jesus Christ in to your heart as Lord and Savior?
Whatever it is, I would love to hear from you, so that I can be in prayer with you always.
Adam M. Losekamp (Evangelist) Words of Life Evangelism