When we receive a word from the Lord, we receive it with joy, but we forget that tribulation and persecution will come because of the word. It’s easy to get excited in the beginning and excited about the end of a thing, but what are you doing in the middle?
Jesus gave the disciples instructions to go into the ship and go to the other side. The disciples obeyed and everything was going well until the ship was in the midst (middle) of the sea. No one knew that when the word came, the wind would come also. What happened to the disciples is what happens to every believer in Christ. When God is for you, everything that is against you getting to the other side will come, but God always sends His word first to prepare us for the wind that is coming.
The disciples were toiling and rowing and Jesus saw them struggling. All they were doing was what Jesus told them to do yet they felt like they were getting nowhere. The Helper came to them walking on the sea, but they were so distracted by the wind that they didn’t even recognize the Word. When the disciples willingly received the Word, the ship immediately was at land (John 6:21).
The quicker you accept, receive and do the word God gave you, the quicker you will make it to the other side.
Jesus gave Peter one word – ‘Come’. The moment Peter stopped doing what the Word told him to do, he sank. The Word was before him, but all Peter could see and hear was the wind. God wants you to believe the Word, not the wind. When you stop acting on the word, it is because you stopped believing the word. Don’t walk by what you see and be careful what you listen to. Attend only to your Father’s words.
You are not alone on this journey because the word of God is in you. Don’t give up because it seems hard and don’t focus on how long you have been on the ship. The race is not given to the swift so learn to endure and be fully persuaded that you will get there.
You are so close. Don’t stop rowing now. You are just in the middle.
Reference scriptures: Matthew 14:22-33; Mark 6:45-51; John 6:16-21