During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Don’t you hate the feeling you get when you realize something in this life is beyond your control? Sure, we’re usually pretty good at convincing ourselves that we ARE in control of our lives, but then something happens.
A friend is seriously injured in a car accident. A close relative is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. You hear the news and it bothers you. But you know the reason it bothers you transcends the sorrow you feel for the person directly impacted. The news made you feel weak. It made you feel helpless. It made you realize how little control you really have over your life. It’s a reminder that hurts. But it’s also pain that God uses for our good.
The more comfortable we become in this life, the easier it is for us to convince ourselves that we have control over our lives—not to mention easier for us to forget who’s REALLY in control. It’s the one who walked on water! It’s the one who enabled Peter to walk on water! It’s the one who caused the wind to die down! The Son of God is in control! While he walked on this earth Jesus was perfectly prepared to handle any and every situation—perfectly obedient to all his Father’s commands—even perfectly obedient to his Father’s plan to save you and me from our imperfection.
You see, Jesus came to this earth to take control of your eternal destiny and mine. But in order to do that, he had to free us from the power of sin, death and the devil. He accomplished that when he willingly suffered the punishment we deserve for our sin, gave up his perfect life, and then powerfully took it back up again 3 days later! Jesus has paid the price for your sins and mine! He’s defeated death and the devil! Thanks to Jesus, when God looks at you he no longer sees the scars left from a lifetime of out of control disobedience and rebellion. Instead he sees example after example of Jesus’ perfection! And that truth never changes—no matter how out of control things may seem on this earth!
Jesus—God’s own Son—IS in control. He’s won forgiveness for you. Thanks to him, you are at peace with your God and will live with him forever in heaven where you will never feel weak—where you will never feel helpless—where things will never seem out of control! Everything you experience in this life is part of God’s plan to bring you to be with him—YES!—even those moments when he allows us to feel out of control! It’s God’s way of slapping us upside the head—his way of reminding us not to trust in ourselves, but to trust in him! Trust the one who is in control, because truly, he is the Son of God!
Blessings on the rest of your week!