Waiting on God’s rescue can feel like being in a boat that has many holes—taking in water very quickly, causing us to become desperate and impatient. When we get desperate, our faith becomes so weak that it feels like we don’t have it anymore. That is what happened to Jesus’ disciples, but we must remember that we are not alone because the Lord Jesus Christ is with us in good times and bad times. Take encourage.
37 Soon a violent windstorm came up, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was being swamped. 38 But Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. So they woke Him and said, “Teacher, don’t You care that we are perishing?” 39 Then Jesus got up and rebuked the wind and the sea. “Silence!” He commanded. “Be still!” And the wind died down, and it was perfectly calm. 40 “Why are you so afraid?” He asked. “Do you still have no faith?”-Mark 4:37-40
Psalms 62points us back to the Lord as our source of help and deliverance. Only God can help us out of our trouble—no one else can do what He can. Waiting is one of the hardest things to do because it requires a lot of faith. It is a good thing as it forces us to put it into practice.
Has the Lord asked you to wait on Him for your deliverance? If you wait for the Lord, He will bless you, but if you go ahead of the Lord before He delivers you the way He wants to for His glory and your benefit. You will lose the blessing that God has for you.
44 Then the Amorites who lived in the hills came out against you and chased you like a swarm of bees. They routed you from Seir all the way to Hormah. 45 And you returned and wept before the LORD, but He would not listen to your voice or give ear to you.
When the Israelites got near the land of Canaan, Moses sent scouts, 12 of them, to scout out the land. But, when they returned, they came back faithless because the people of that land were giants. They forgot what the Lord did to the Egyptians on their behalf. Ten out of twelve scouts were faithless and brought a bad report, discouraging the rest in the camp.
Because of their lack of trust in the power of the Lord, the blessing of a land flowing with milk and honey that they were going to receive got postponed for 40 years. Sometimes our disobedience will cost us dearly.
When we focus on what we can do, it will quickly become apparent that there’s no way to come out of it. But, if we learn to always turn to Jesus Christ for strength through prayer, then our circumstances won’t look that bad, and we won’t succumb to hopelessness.
The bees represent God’s enemies who are against His will. What do bees do when you come near their colony? They gang up on you and overwhelm you with stings. The demons are no different. When they attack you, it can be many, especially if your faith in the Lord is strong.
We have to remember that through the name of Jesus Christ, we have power over the enemy. They can’t harm us unless we turn away from the Lord by living in sin. The moment that happens, evil spirits will come and try to decommission your service to the Lord that He has given you to do.
4 Now the Jewish Feast of the Passover was near. 5 When Jesus looked up and saw a large crowd coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread for these people to eat?” 6 But He was asking this to test him, for He knew what He was about to do.
7 Philip answered, “Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to have a small piece.”
8 One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him, 9 “Here is a boy with five barley loaves and two small fish. But what difference will these make among so many?”-John 6:4-9 BSB
Over five thousand people were famished and needed to eat, or else they could collapse and faint from starvation while traveling back to their homes. Jesus gave the disciples the task to feed five thousand people. From a human perspective, it seemed that Jesus gave an impossible command, but when the Lord asks us to do something, it’s because He will be the one making it happen.
The disciples needed almost a year’s wages to feed all those people. Andrew, on the other hand, he presented the boy’s lunch to Jesus, which consisted of five pieces of bread and two small fish for the whole crowd.
After Andrew brought up the boy’s lunch, he quickly realized that what the boy had couldn’t possibly feed such a large crowd.
In John 6:11, the boy willingly gave up his lunch to Jesus. Jesus took the little bit that the boy had to bless so many people.
How about you? Has Jesus asked you to do something that seems impossible? All you can do is obey and give Jesus what you have, and you will see a miracle happen. He will do what you cannot if only you choose to obey His Word. Jesus will use you to bless more people with the good news and to meet their basic needs than you can possibly do without Him. The best part is that He will credit you with what He did through you. Jesus doesn’t need anyone to accomplish His will, but He wants us to participate with Him so that He can bless us for obeying and doing His will.