Have you ever sat in your circumstances and waited for Jesus to arrive? Maybe you were knee-deep in job searching and just waiting for God to bring back a steady income once again. Maybe you were waiting for a positive pregnancy test, a call back from the doctor, or contentment on your next move in life.
But darkness began to fall. There was no answer and no sign of Him coming either—so you just kept moving forward. Day by day, you continued submitting resumes, going through with treatment, or just forging ahead in the mundane of your weekly routine. The storms kept brewing, and it didn’t seem like anything was going your way.
The disciples lived this out. They were waiting for Jesus to head to Capernaum, but He hadn’t come by nightfall. So, they climbed into a boat, headed across the lake, and unfortunately, things only got worse. A huge wind blew up and the sea grew very rough with no lifeline in sight. Can you imagine the fear?
But Jesus chose this moment to walk on water and reassure them, “Don’t be afraid! I’m here!” And we can trust He won’t leave us stranded either. He sees the storm swirling around us, and He knows we’re anxious beyond belief. But the truth still stands—the wind and the waves still obey Him, and Jesus walks out to meet us in the midst of our storm…we don’t have to go to Him!
He will never leave His people, and He rises to defend us. Make no mistake—God’s timing is perfect even when we expected Him to show up earlier, and He is above and in control of our circumstances. We may think we’re about to drown, but your life is valuable to the Father, and with Jesus and His power, you can trust you’ll arrive safely to your destination.
- Think of the storms rocking your boat today. How have you expected God to show up already?
- Jesus’ timing and actions continually surprised His friends and the people watching. As we live our lives, may we cling to faith that He is not done with us yet, so He will surely show up for us—Thank you, Jesus, for keeping watch over us. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. No matter how I would’ve handled things, I trust in your ways. Please give me peace in my storm while I wait.
Jesus Feeds Five Thousand
1 After this, Jesus crossed over to the far side of the Sea of Galilee, also known as the Sea of Tiberias. 2 A huge crowd kept following him wherever he went, because they saw his miraculous signs as he healed the sick. 3 Then Jesus climbed a hill and sat down with his disciples around him. 4 (It was nearly time for the Jewish Passover celebration.) 5 Jesus soon saw a huge crowd of people coming to look for him. Turning to Philip, he asked, “Where can we buy bread to feed all these people?”6 He was testing Philip, for he already knew what he was going to do.
7 Philip replied, “Even if we worked for months, we wouldn’t have enough money to feed them!”
8 Then Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up. 9 “There’s a young boy here with five barley loaves and two fish. But what good is that with this huge crowd?”
10 “Tell everyone to sit down,” Jesus said. So they all sat down on the grassy slopes. (The men alone numbered about 5,000.) 11 Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks to God, and distributed them to the people. Afterward he did the same with the fish. And they all ate as much as they wanted. 12 After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, “Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.” 13 So they picked up the pieces and filled twelve baskets with scraps left by the people who had eaten from the five barley loaves.
14 When the people saw him do this miraculous sign, they exclaimed, “Surely, he is the Prophet we have been expecting!” 15 When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.
Jesus Walks on Water
16 That evening Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore to wait for him.17 But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. 18 Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. 19 They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, 20 but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here!” 21 Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!