When Do Troubles End?

Matthew‬ ‭14:30-31‬ ‭(ESV‬)

“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’”

If we are honest about ourselves, we would recognize and admit that we are often like Peter, being afraid and panic when life seems to be overwhelming, uncertain and when we feel lost. We might begin to doubt: “Is God really with me like He says He is? Is He really watching over me and directing my steps like He says He is? Am I really walking in His blessings in Christ?”

It’s understandable that we think and feel like that sometimes. Life is full of troubles and we are weak in our flesh, but the Lord says to Peter (and to us), “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” Certainly the Lord knows our circumstances and our flesh, but His focus is on our hearts: “Why did you doubt?” He wants us to look to Him, remembering what the Lord has promised His chosen people (all Christians who believe in Christ) throughout the Old Testament to the New Testament, which has all been “YES”, all been fulfilled in Jesus Christ on the Cross. He has died for our sins so that God will be with us at all times in all situations. That is our greatest comfort and hope. And He asks us to remember and believe that to give Him glory.

When do our troubles end in the current situation? Recognize that the wind does not cease until Jesus and Peter get into the boat (Matthew‬ ‭14:32‬). This is a crucial point because it shows us what truly matters is not when the storm on the sea calms. What truly matters is that the Lord wants us to know our need for Him and cry out like Peter “Lord, save me!” The storm first calms in our heart, and when God’s purpose to grow us in our faith is done, the true peace comes, as we have found our Rock and Shepherd, our Ever-lasting Love in Christ, when we fix our eyes on Him, rather than on the circumstances.

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