Topic: Matthew 14:22 - 34
No one enjoys suffering. But, in the hands of almighty God, trials become tools. He uses them to shape believers into the people He intends for us to be.
In our own strength, we lack the sufficient resources and abilities to meet life's challenges. So God provides just what we need. The most important thing He gives us is an awareness of His presence. At first, the disciples believed they were alone in a terrifying storm. When they initially spotted Jesus, their fear increased. They thought He was a ghost. But, as they recognized Him, their fright changed to relief and hope. During a crisis, we may not sense God's presence. But He has promised always to be with us. (Hebrews 13:5 - 6) The assurance that He will never leave provides immediate comfort, an infusion of courage, and a sense of confidence to endure.
Another promise God makes is that He'll provide a path through the trial. The disciples probably wondered how long the storm would last and whether they would make it safely to shore. Like us, they probably wanted it all to end "yesterday." But, had they somehow avoided this storm, they would have missed the demonstration of Jesus' power over the sea and wind. This frightening situation was transformed into a revelation of the Savior's divine nature. God wants to reveal His power through our trials, as well.
Ask God to reveal His abiding presence in the midst of your trouble. He'll provide strength to endure and wisdom to navigate a way out of your troubles.