January 11, 2017

I have a friend who hails from the Village of Tiki Island. He is a fishing extraordinaire. One major tool that is needed to go out into the deep waters is a boat. You need a boat that can withstand the waves and wind and keep you afloat. But we all know that if a boat just stayed still, the water will allow the boat to drift and get it off course. The waves of the ocean will cause the boat to take it the way it wants to go.


This reminds me of Pastor Brandon’s message this past Sunday when he mentioned the furrows and how farmers need to create these perfect lines. And if we take our eyes off of the furrows, and if they aren’t straight, they have to go back and fix it. How many times have we been in the same situation, approached it with the same mindset thinking it’ll change, and what happens? We keep repeating the same thing. I’m guilty of it! You may not be able to control the situation, but you can control the way you respond to it!


In order to keep the boat from drifting, an anchor is dropped. Smaller the boat, smaller the anchor. Bigger the boat, bigger the anchor. This reminds me of a story of Jesus and his disciples in Matthew 8 verse 23 through 26:


Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”


Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” 


As soon as the waves started breaking into the boat, the disciples panicked. They let fear and doubt take control of their lives and thought the worst. The funny part is they had the Savior of all the world sleeping in the boat. The Hope of the world was residing in their boat, yet they still weren’t at peace. They had no hope. Is Jesus a deep sleeper? Is one of the disciple’s an anesthesiologist and put Jesus to sleep? NO! I believe Jesus was giving them the opportunity to build their faith, trust, and hope in Him and allowing them to activate their faith.


Jesus is giving you the opportunity to strengthen your faith and withstand the obstacles that are coming your way.


Look at what Jesus does in verse 26 through 27:


Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was [at once] a great and wonderful calm [a perfect peacefulness].The men wondered in amazement, saying, “What kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”


One of my favorite worship songs is “Here Now” by Hillsong United. In the song, there is a lyric that says “Here, now. All I know is I know that You are here, now. Still my heart, let Your voice be all I hear, now.”


In the midst of your troubles, in the midst of the chaos, we have a hope and his name is Jesus! If we pray first and come to the realization that Jesus is with us, that He can rebuke the waves, then His perfect peace will come into your soul and everything that is around can’t affect you because you know who your hope lies in. He is an anchor for our soul!


“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain…” – Hebrews 6:19


Jesus needs to be in your boat in order for you to set sail. Rely on your anchor, stir up your faith, and let’s get ready to go deeper in Him.

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