“But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” – Matthew 14:30-31
Do you ever feel like you’re drowning?

Do you ever feel as if the waves are violently crashing over your head as you begin to sink down beneath them?

As Christians I want you to know that you have a lifeguard named Jesus Christ, and your lifeguard walks on water.  

God will not allow you to be overtaken by the storms He allows in your life; no matter how hopeless it may look or how lost you may feel.

It was when Peter, Jesus’ disciple, took his eyes off of Jesus as he was walking on water that he started to sink.

However, even then in Peter’s moment of doubt, Jesus displayed His love, grace, and mercy for him by not allowing Peter to drown.

Jesus reached down, grabbed Peter’s hand, and pulled him back up above the waters. And He will do the same for you too. (See Matthew 14:22-36)

God did not save you to simply leave you all alone when the volumes of hardship are turned way up in your life.

Since we live in a fallen world, we will never be able to avoid trials and difficulties here on earth.

But God promises to give us the strength and grace we need to press forward through anything that He allows in our path.

Satan will tell you you’re hopeless.

He will lie to you in hopes of keeping you down, but God will never allow His children to be tempted or tested more than they could handle!  (1 Corinthians 10:13)

God may allow you to step into that fiery furnace like He did Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, but He too will be in the midst with you (Daniel 3).

What Concerns God the Most About You

God is more concerned about our spiritual growth, than our comfort zones.

It is when we step out onto the deeper waters, and step into the hotter fires, that our faith, in being tested, has the chance to grow.

It is during the most difficult trials, and the hardest to resist temptations that God’s almighty strength is exemplified in and through your life, in some of the most amazing and powerful ways.

Trials, testing, tribulation, warfare, and the storms of life are all necessary for us to be made more into the image and likeness of Jesus Christ.  

Life may look bleak and hopeless right now but it’s not because in Christ, there is ALWAYS hope.

“To everything there is a season”. (Ecc. 3:1)

Nothing you go through here on earth will last forever!

One day you will be in heaven for all eternity; forever with your creator in a place where all of your pain and sorrow will be gone, and all of your tears will be wiped away. (See Rev. 21:4)

Your creator has a plan for everything you’re going through, “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope.” (Jer. 29:11)

God is orchestrating all of these things going on in your life, both good and bad, together in a marvelous and meticulous way for a distinct reason, and a good reason at that!

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” – Romans 8:28

So if “trouble” has come and knocked on your door let him in gladly by embracing these “light momentary afflictions” joyfully. You will be a stronger, more mature Christian when he leaves! (See 2 Corinthians 4:17)

God is refining you, maturing you, strengthening you, and preparing you for the purpose for which He created you!  

He is drawing you closer to Himself, molding you even more into His image, and showing Himself strong and mighty in these moments of your brokenness and weakness.

Key Takeaway

Some of the hardest lessons we will ever learn here on earth are the lessons we need to learn the most.

So if God has called you to walk by faith out onto deeper waters, trust Him to provide your feet the ability to stand.

If God has allowed you to step into that fiery furnace of affliction, know that He will be in there with you.

If God has allowed a huge storm to rage all around you, have faith that He will calm that storm and bring you safely to the other side of it.

Stand on the promises God has given you when the enemy starts to lie to you.

Trusting God for your deliverance may even help shorten the length of the trial you are in.

Remember that God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on a cross for all of your sins when your flesh starts to condemn you.

Never forget how much God loves you when you start to question the good plans He has for you!

You do have a lifeguard who will reach down from heaven to rescue you.

You do have a Savior named Jesus Christ who will take you by the hand, draw you out of these deep waters, and pull you back up again.

“And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine.”
– Hillsong United “Oceans”

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Study Verses: Psalm 18:16, James 1:2-14, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18