Dr. David Jeremiah said: “It’s safer in the storm with Jesus in the boat than it is on the shore without Him.”
The problem is it doesn’t always feel safe in the storm. I’m always tempted to take the easy way out when things get hard. Often times I want to keep quiet instead of speaking up to avoid disagreement. And compromise seems better than standing firm because there’s less pressure.
The trouble is that in the bible I see how Jesus stirred things up everywhere He went. And in John 15:18 He said: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”
Dr. Jeremiah goes on to say: “Sometimes the training for greatness is the ability to refrain from bitterness when you are not rewarded promptly for righteousness.”
And it’s most likely ‘in the storm’ where we’ll learn to navigate through what He has planned for us next. If we swim to the shore where it’s safe we could miss the plan.
Yes Jesus stayed in the boat and He rocked the boat. But, He also calmed the wind and the waves and walked on the water.
It really is the safest place to be.
- Do you feel like God’s been calling you to a place, situation, relationship, or conversation that seems scary or unsafe?
- Do you trust He will be with you through it?