Immediate Success

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!
John 6:19-21(NLT)

In the previous article, we read about Jesus feeding a huge crowd by multiplying a boy’s lunch. Everyone had a huge feast. They ate until they could not eat anymore. At the end, there were twelve baskets of leftover food. Then Jesus realized that the people were planning to force him to be their king in order to ensure the unending supply of food. He ran away.

15 When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself.
John 6:15(NLT)

Meanwhile, his disciples were waiting for him at the appointed place and time by the shore of Galilee. After they waited pass the predetermined time, they got into the boat and sailed to the other side. The weather turned rough. They had to rowed hard to maintain their course. They were helpless, trapped in a boat and isolated from the rest of humanity. Suddenly they saw Jesus coming to them. Jesus was walking on the water. At first they were afraid but Jesus calmed them down. They were eager for Jesus to get into the boat. After Jesus was on their boat, they arrived to their destination immediately.

Let us stop the story here and review the lessons we can learn. After Jesus had successfully provided food for a huge crowd, he suffered a setback. Instead of being grateful and more receptive from what Jesus had to say, those who witnessed the miracle and ate the food plotted to force Jesus to stay with them. Jesus knew about it. How did he respond? He ran away.

You may have noticed that Jesus did not sulk, get bitter, complain or talk negative. He just ran away, rejoined his disciples and moved on. He did not allow his setback to hinder him from progressing in life. Think about this. If Jesus could have setbacks when he walked on earth, it should not be a surprise for us to experience some of them too. Setbacks are parts and parcels in life. So, the question here is not whether there is going to be any setbacks in our lives. The real question here is what are we going to do when we have them.

Jesus had shown us an example on what to do. Move on. He did his best to provide food for the crowd but they were not really grateful to him. Forcing someone to do what he does not like is not a reflection of gratitude. Most people would become bitter if they were in Jesus’ shoes at that time but not Jesus. Jesus’ response was to run away, rejoined his disciples and move on. He never even bothered to say anything bad about those people. His message to us when we face similar setbacks is, do likewise.

Let us move to the disciples’ side. When Jesus did not turn up at the appointed time and place, they packed up, got to the boat and sailed to Capernaum. Why Capernaum? I suspect they must have known Jesus’ itinerary and the itinerary named Capernaum as the next stop. Since Jesus did not turn up at the appointed time, his disciples must have figured that they could met him in Capernaum. So they sailed.

When they were in the middle of Galilee, which is a very big lake, a huge storm arose. Imagine a few man on a boat facing a storm. They were helpless. They could not call for help because mobile phones did not exist at that time. Even if they could, no one could do anything. There were no helicopters for the coast guards to rescue them at that time. These men were all by themselves. They were at the mercy of the storm. Their only hope was in their own effort to row as hard as they could in order to reach the shore before anything bad happened to them.

At the crucial moment, they saw a figure moving toward them. They were terrified. It turned out to be Jesus. Jesus was walking on the water to reach them. Jesus appeared before them, at the moment they needed him the most. He did not forsake them. Even when they were trapped on a boat in the middle of the sea, Jesus could still get to them. If Jesus could not find a boat to sail to them, he was even willing to walk on water.

The same can happens to you and me. You may be in a situation that looks hopeless right now. You feel isolated and no one can help you. You may have tried every solution but nothing works. You may be like the disciples who tried to row as hard as they could to reach the shore but the storm is too powerful for you. Your boat is about to capsize at any moment. If you are in this situation, the following are Jesus’ words to you: “Don’t be afraid. I am here!”.

He said those words to his disciples and he is saying them to you right now. Jesus is here with you. Even if you are trapped in the middle of an ocean, Jesus can still walk on it to reach you. He is on our side forever. He will never leave us nor forsake us. So, when you happen to be on a boat in the middle of a storm, get ready to invite Jesus on your boat. What will happen when Jesus got into your boat?

21 Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!
John 6: 21(NLT)

They arrived at their destination immediately. The storm became irrelevant. It could not harm them anymore. Before Jesus appeared, they were rowing as hard as they could but they could not achieve anything but the moment Jesus got into their boat, they arrived at their destination safely. This tells us that the presence of Jesus in our boat makes a great difference to the storms of challenges we are facing right now. So, if you are facing a huge problem right now, the only thing you need to do is to stay calm and get Jesus into your boat.

What does this mean? It means activating your faith. Instead of focusing on the problem, focus on Jesus instead. He is the solution to all our problems. He is both able and willing to help us. However, he will not force his help on us. We need to co-operate with him to receive his help. We do it through faith. Only when we are in faith, we will be in position to receive the blessings of God in our lives. When that happens we will find ourselves arrived at our destination without realizing it.

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One Response to “Immediate Success”

  1. Manie Says:

    Just this morning I heard the Lord say to me I am on your side. Everything you said in this post was a personal word for and to me.
    It is not by luck that I found this place of ministry. This was a WORD I needed to hear from the Lord.. I am in what may seem like an impossible situation but right now Jesus I invite you on my boat. I will not focus on the problem but I will focus on youLet you deliverance be done unto me according to my faith. Manie


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