In Mark 6:45-52, Christ manifests his glory to the disciples by walking on water. God wants to manifest his glory in your life as he did to the disciples. Allow him. We all have storms in life, and we all have a choice to make when we go through them. Your storm can either strengthen your faith or it can overwhelm you with doubt leading you to turn away. If you choose to respond with doubt or anger, your heart will be hardened. You will not see the miracle God may be performing in your life. Trust Christ during your storm, and allow your heart to be softened. With a pliable heart, you will see his glory and profound love. In the storm God wants to reveal his glory to you. He wants you to know that you have a personal Savior. One who knows you, sees you and is for you. Trust him and realize that he is all you need in life. It is during your storm and trial that you can truly see his glory. Allow your heart to be soft in the storms of life. Choose to see Christ’s hand at work, and firmly plant your trust in him.
We all experience storms in life — the death of a loved one, a serious illness, the loss of a job, financial troubles. During a storm we may find ourselves doubting God’s goodness and love. God may be allowing the storm in your life to occur, because he loves you! Trials and difficulties happen for a reason. He has a purpose to strengthen, grow, mold and teach us to become more Christ-like. The single most desperate need in our lives is a reverential trust in God. He wants us to learn that he alone is the shelter in our storms. Faith is trusting him even when we can’t see it. These verses teach us not to fear the outcome of any storm because of his presence. God never leaves our side and is always working for our good. Trust his presence! His presence and a reverential trust in his promises is the anchor for our storms.
The apostle Paul knew the profound sense of peace, protection and stability found within the gospel. He worked tirelessly proclaiming and spreading the good news of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles. He knew the power and strength the gospel imparted to the believer: it’s ability to save, to heal and to transform lives. The gospel is the power of God and is above all else. It is the sole source of stability in the life of the believer. Providing for our every need, it is everything that we need, and it can save us in the midst of our darkest hours and our most difficult circumstances. Through the power of the gospel alone people go from hopelessness and despair to a renewed sense of hope and joy. Those who gave up, after embracing the gospel, found a renewal of faith, purpose and a sense of peace and happiness. The gospel brings about the obedience of faith, one that can sustain us through all situations. It is truth, knowledge, and it reveals the mystery of salvation that had been hidden since creation. The singularity of our purpose is to exalt the one who made salvation possible. The gospel declares to all nations the glory of God through Jesus Christ and his marvelous work of salvation. It demands a singular focus in our lives “to glorify God and fully enjoy him forever” (Westminster Confession). We were made to glorify God, it is the chief end of man. He made us to glorify him and to bring the right opinion of him to others in all our circumstances. This should be the driving force behind all we do. Do not be ashamed of your love for God or of spreading the gospel to others. Jubilantly join the apostle Paul in boldly proclaiming the gospel to all. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, ‘The righteous shall live by faith’ ” (Romans 1:16-17).
Most of us are pretty lethargic when it comes to living biblically and living to please God. We have been lulled into a sense of complacency by Satan and his lies and feel no urgency to live our lives as a representative of Christ. Instead, we live fulfilling the desires of our flesh. But the apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Rome warns the believers in Rome that there is an urgency to live our lives as a representative of Jesus because salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed. He warns them (and us today) that there is an urgency to live biblically, to guard our actions and to abstain from the desires of the flesh.
The pleasures of sin last only a season but the pleasures of Christ are eternal! We have been chosen by God and with that calling comes the command and responsibility to live according to the Spirit, not the flesh, so that we will be living testimonies to those around us. We are to stand apart from the rest of the world because we are not of this world. We are God’s children, and we must live as God’s children. We are to clothe ourselves in Christ’s righteousness and live as representatives of Him, abstaining from the pleasures of the flesh. Paul reminds us that there is an urgency in standing firm against the spiritual warfare that is surrounding us each and every day. We are in a constant spiritual battle with Satan who is out to destroy us, and we need to be prepared! Every day we are in spiritual warfare, and we must wake up and put on the armor of God, so that we can stand strong against Satan and his schemes. We need to step out of the darkness that Satan is luring us further into, and we need to stop our sinful behaviors and step into the light of Christ, clothing ourselves with His righteousness and living to please Him. We each have a season in which we have been called to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord and in which we are to witness for Him. There is an urgency because time is short and is getting shorter with each passing day. We must rid ourselves of our lethargy, and we must replace it with a new sense of urgency. We must turn from our sinful behavior, turn from living for our fleshly desires, and live to please the Lord before our season is over.