“And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.”
The verse above is a replica of what most believers endure through their Christian walk. The disciples found themselves in the middle of a storm where the winds were contrary to them. In other words, they were fighting the wind and the storm just to make it to land. The previous miracle of Jesus feeding the five thousand seems to be a distant memory even though the miracle had just happened the day before. Now that they were in the middle of a storm, the power of God seemed to be a distant memory. Water was coming from every side into the boat. The more they rowed, the more their hope of making it to land dissipated. However, as we know, Jesus walked on the water to get to them, and He rebuked the winds and helped them to land. What is an interesting note to this incident in the disciple’s life is that right after they made it to land the miracles of Jesus continued.
Let me ask you, do you feel like life is blowing contrary winds? There are many for whom God’s miracles seem to be a distant memory because of the contrary winds in their life. Are you like the disciples in the boat and feel like the trials you are facing are all about you? Do you feel as if your trials are causing your boat to sink? Let me give a few instructions on what to do when facing contrary winds in your life.
First, God is the God of the winds. Just because the winds are contrary does not mean that God has lost His power. Have you forgotten that God is the God of the winds? Have you forgotten that no wind blows without God’s command to make it blow? You must remember that the God who commands the winds to cease is the same God to command the winds to blow. Just because you are going through the windy storms does not mean that God has lost His power. The opposite is true in that the winds prove that God is still in control. God is controlling the winds in your life, and He will never allow them to blow more than you can bear.
Second, remember that the God of previous miracles is still God in the contrary winds of life. What you might not have considered is that God has a miracle for you in the storm, but you will never see that miracle if you quit before He performs it. Certainly, the winds can be very scary, but God still has plenty of power to help you through the winds you are facing.
Third, you’ll never get to know Jesus better without contrary winds. You always get to know God in a more intimate way in the contrary winds because you get to see His power in a way you have never seen it before. You have a reason to thank God for the contrary winds because He is allowing you to get closer to Him. You don’t get to know God as well in the mountaintops as much as you do in the valleys. My friend, don’t waste the opportunity to get to know God better in the contrary winds because you will see God in a light that you have never seen Him before.
Fourth, there are more miracles in store if you don’t let the contrary winds stop you. Just like the disciples saw God continue to do great works after they got to shore, you will see God do greater works if you don’t quit. If you don’t quit, you will not only see God perform the miraculous to get you through the storm, but you will see Him do greater things on the other side of the storm.