In His Presence: Thirty Contemplations From Walking With Jesus is my second book release. It is a thirty-day devotional and is now available. Below is an excerpt from it. Get a copy in the store section or head to Amazon/Amazon Kindle to order a copy. I hope it is encouraging. I can't thank everyone enough for the continued support that allows me to do what I do.
Excerpt from In His Presence:
When it was evening, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. Seeing them straining at the oars, for the wind was against them, at about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea; and He intended to pass by them. But when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed that it was a ghost, and cried out; for they all saw Him and were terrified. But immediately He spoke to them, “Take courage; it is I, do not be afraid.”
When God calls us to something, it doesn’t necessarily mean smooth sailing. When the disciples arrived on the other side of the sea, there was a tremendous amount of ministry that took place. One could even call it a revival (Mark 6:54-56). But before that could take place, the disciples had to weather the storm that lay between them and that time of breakthrough. When we purpose in our heart to follow the Lord, we can expect to be met with storms along the way. But it is key to remember that we cannot accomplish in the flesh what God has called us to; we must rely on His Spirit to accomplish it. To try to accomplish His purposes in our own power is akin to trying to row a boat through a storm—you will get nowhere and eventually become exhausted. The other mistake the disciples made was forgetting to look for Jesus in the midst of their storm. We often pray and plead for the storm to pass, but we forget to look for Jesus’s comforting presence in the midst of the storm. It’s His presence that enables us to walk upon the waves of the storm, and it’s His presence that is capable of silencing the storm altogether.