The Book of Matthew chapter 14, verse 22 states, “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.” Why did Jesus have to constrain (that is, force) his disciples to get on the boat? The reason was that Jesus was about to do the miraculous! Seemingly, some of His disciples (such as Andrew, Peter, James, and John) were fishermen, so they knew it was dangerous to go into the water at that time of the day, but they still went on board even though they were sluggish. From verse 22 through verse 32 of Matthew 14, we can see the mighty acts of Jesus Christ in the midst of the storm as He was with them.
There is a great lesson here for us to learn. When God gives us a dream to run with and fulfill, or when God tells us He’s taking us “…unto the other side” in any area of our life, such as our businesses, career, health, and relationships, it may look fearful because of the perceived storms, which may manifest as the prevailing circumstances in that situation. However, we have to be rest assured that Jesus is in our midst through the storm. Sometimes, God leads you into a storm that is greater than your natural abilities because He doesn’t expect you to do anything in the midst of it; it is for Him to show His might and power in your life. When Jesus told the disciples to get on the boat in Matthew 14:22, He didn’t say they were to die inside the boat amidst the storm. Instead, His plan for them was to get them onto the other side of the lake.
As a believer, there is no predicament in your life that is meant to destroy you—not sickness, poverty, failure, or sin. Colossians 1:16 says, “For by Christ all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” This is an eye-opener—this means that all oppositions, storms, and situations in your life were created by God, and are still submissive to His sovereignty, so there’s nothing that can destroy you as a believing child of God. Very often, we tend to forget the mighty acts of God in our lives in times past, and it shouldn’t be so. There are some biblical revelations you will get through the Spirit and Word of God, and your life will not remain the same, and I pray you receive them.
Why should you as a believer magnify your problems above God? Why should you live in fear? That ought not to be so, because our God is the all-powerful and all-knowing God, and we are His redeemed. 2 Timothy 1:7 states, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Sometimes, the storm may not even be of God, but trust that He alone has all the power over the universe. In Joshua 1:5, God has assured us, “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.” Henceforth, refuse to walk in fear, because that is not from God. Trust and believe in God, for He is ever with you, even in the storm. Your victory is guaranteed always!
God bless you!