John 6:16-21 “That evening Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore to wait for him. But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here! Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!
My thoughts: Instead of waiting through the night for Jesus to return, the disciples got into their boat and headed towards Capernaum. Because they left without Jesus, a raging storm came their way. It would have been much easier for the disciples to listen and trust that Jesus would return. If we try escaping a darkness only Jesus can save us from, we will suffer a crushing defeat. Jesus walked towards the boat; He didn’t follow His disciples from behind. It’s impossible to move ahead of God. If we think that we are further than God, then we have already fallen into deep trouble and compromise. Though the disciples believed their plan was “well thought out”, they missed Jesus. He left when the time was right and came back to save them from the messy situation their timetables put them in. This passage shows that God isn’t bound by time. The disciples thought that the darkness indicated departure. The truth is, Jesus’ light shines throughout all hours of the day. Jesus took orders from His Father, not from the dawning of the sun. There is never a time His salvation is defective. God wants us to call upon His name, even in the midst of turbulent storms. When we make adjustments to God, and don’t allow the current circumstances to dictate our decisions, we put ourselves in a position of peace and prosperity. If our adjustments to God are temporary, we will only receive temporary benefits. It’s worth the time to pray and listen for God’s response. If He isn’t actively involved in our lives, we aren’t doing anything important. In fact, what we are doing is dangerous and can potentially destroy us if don’t have Him. Thank God for His goodness towards us! He wants to save us from the dangers of a life without His guidance. In His vast mercy, Jesus offers us salvation from the present, riotous boat ride. Whether or not we reach the destination He has for us depends on our decision to let Him in the boat.