Jesus’ disciples didn’t become spiritual juggernauts overnight. They didn’t really understand who Jesus was until later in His ministry. In the first century, most teachers had students—also known as disciples. These were people who put themselves in a position to learn from a master teacher. Those who followed Jesus initially viewed Him as a great teacher, but they didn’t understand the fact that He was the Savior God promised.
The disciples’ lack of understanding frequently showed up. Their actions revealed what they were thinking. They were a lot like us. It’s easy to act like learners, but does Jesus’ teaching really affect our approach to life?
Most of us have faced circumstances that seemed overwhelming. Job loss, illness, failed relationships, parental confusion, etc. all serve as reminders of the circumstances we face. We could use a reminder about God’s power over our circumstances.
In Luke 8:22, Jesus said, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” He was referring to the Sea of Galilee (also known as Lake of Gennesaret or Lake Tiberias). Jesus’ words seemed insignificant, but when spoken by the Savior, they carry a much deeper meaning. This was a statement of the destination and a promise that they would get there. If they didn’t make it to the other side, Jesus’ words would have been untrue.
We often are a lot like the disciples. We hear what Jesus said, but our circumstances and fear overwhelm us. When that happens, we demonstrate our doubt about Jesus and His power over our lives.
What God says about you and your destiny is true. Don’t let your fear keep you on the shore. Think about it.
What is your God-designed destiny? Are you in the boat or on the shore?