In the story of the disciples in the storm on the Sea of Galilee, we learn several very important lessons. Jesus sent the disciples into the storm not so that they would despair, but so that they would learn He is the only true, eternal Source. Here are a few key lessons from this story that we can take to heart:
1. We’ll eventually run out of strength. By the time Jesus reached the boat, the disciples had been rowing for nine hours. They were wet, exhausted, cold, hungry, and frustrated. They couldn’t trust each other, or even the boat, to get them out. The only One they had left to turn to was Jesus. Eventually, we’ll reach this point in our own lives, and realize that only our God has infinite wisdom and strength. We can’t do it on our own.
2. We must remain focused on God and His Word. Peter only began to sink when he took his eyes off Jesus. The wind and waves in our situations—the disparaging voices, the doubts, and the lies of the enemy—threaten to make us lose focus. However, as long as we keep our sights set on Jesus, we’ll be able to walk on water.
3. It’s not the storm that endangered Peter. It was his little faith. Don’t let your ability (or lack thereof) inhibit your ability to trust God. When you don’t have anything left, know that God does—He has a plan, and infinite resources to fulfill His will for you. As long as you have Jesus with you, you can have faith that you will be cared for and loved—you will have all you need.
The lesson in this story is clear: it all depends on what we believe in. Will we believe in ourselves primarily? Our resources? Our “boats”? Or will we believe in God first and foremost? The answer to that question is up to you.
Dr. Derek Grier