How big is your faith? Is it wave-sized or is it God-sized?
Last week, I had a good cry.
I’ve been walking with Jesus through the ups and downs of life since 1988, when He saved my soul.
Fast forward thirty three years later: suddenly COVID. If you’ve gone through this dreaded virus, you know what I’m talking about. Basically, you’re sick.
All this time, I have not left the palm of God’s hand, but I can tell you that last week, I peeked over the side and saw the waves. The big, bad waves.
And burst into tears.
Have you experienced enormously big spiritual waves in your Christian life? Thunderstorms, hurricanes, tsunamis, and suchlike? How did you respond?
“O ye of little faith,” I heard my God whisper in my ear.
“Yes, Lord,” was (and is) my only answer.
Immediately, the Lord brought to mind so many Scripture passages from the Bible that I have studied in the last three decades. They flooded and warmed my heart and reminded me that my faithful God is still with me.
I smiled again, remembering, for example, that:
- God, who began a good work in us, will complete it (Philippians 1:6).
- God never leaves us nor forsakes us (Hebrews 13:5).
- Jesus Christ is still the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8).
- God works out all things for a Christian’s good (Romans 8:28).
- Nothing can separate us from the love of God (Romans 8:31-39).
- Turning my eyes upon Jesus, I can walk on water (Matthew 14:22-33).
- And many, many more Bible verses, too numerous to list here, but you know what I mean.
Wiping tears from my eyes, I went back to the Bible and read this passage. Once more, God reminded me that He is with me. Always.
“And straightway Jesus constrained His disciples to get into a ship, and to go before Him unto the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, He was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped Him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God” (Matthew 14:22-33, KJV, emphasis mine).
In Jesus Christ, “the wind ceased.”
There you have it: Jesus is the calm in the storm.
Update: Praise the Lord that my family is on the other side of COVID now. The doctor has given us the green light to go back to work. I am back to writing my 29th book. God is good all the time, no matter the calm, no matter the storm.