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Trusting When in the Boat

One day Jesus said to his disciples, β€œLet us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.  Luke 8:22–23 NIV

trusting when in the boatTrust when being in the boat and in a storm isn’t easy.

Just because the storm comes doesn’t mean we’re supposed to get out of the boat.

People are walking through fiery trials. Many Christians experience spiritual resistance, a type of invisible pressure that seems to draw them away from what the Lord has called them to do.

I hear prayer requests for Christians who have sudden and strange health problems. Other godly couples, who are strong in the Lord, have severe marriage problems. Many children of godly, loving parents walk away from the Lord, seemingly overnight, and fall into traps that entail sin, addiction, and false identities. 

The leader of a summer mission team experienced uncountable distractions and odd situations at work. Two other team members were tempted to back out of the mission trip.

For the disciples, this spiritual pressure was a powerful squall while they made their way to the land of the Gerasenes. In their fear and distress, they may have regretted getting into that boat. Some of them likely assumed this was a wrong-place, wrong-time scenario. We know that’s false because Jesus told them to get into the boat.

Storms will come, but God has a plan. Trials may feel like chaos, but God controls them. Christ is not blindsided by these things. He sees them coming, and He will work everything together for our good.

Don’t fret, panic, or doubt if God told you to get into the boat—whether that’s marrying, having children, joining a church, or going on a mission trip. Remember you’re crossing over, which means there is another side. God will lead you through the storm.

What steps can you take to trust God more when the storms come?

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Kay Ellis

When Kay Ellis is not writing, she can be found traveling the world. She especially loves hitchhiking in Transylvania, playing guitar all over Paris, and dropping notes-n-poems along the riva in Hvar Town. She’s a Texas gal but hangs her hat in Tennessee (only until her husband agrees to move to Romania).