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God is Wherever You Go

Keep looking for Him in the midst of whatever you are going through. Trust that where He makes you go, He is going there with you.

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from Matthew 14:22, ” Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. “

Background

Near the end of the movie, Dr. Zhivago , the main character is living with his lover in a far- away home in the tundra of Russia, as far removed from the war as possible. Eventually, a man with whom they both have had dealings in the past comes to them and offers them safe passage out of Russia. Dr. Zhivago is not prepared to leave, but eventually convinces Lara to go on ahead, telling her that he will catch up with them shortly. As they say goodbye, you can feel the finality of their intense relationship that neither of them wants to admit or accept. And as the sled makes its way across the snow and out of sight, Zhivago runs to the window at the top of the house to see his love disappear in the distance. He had sent her to the safety that he could not offer her himself.

Application

When the disciples had finished gathering the leftovers from Jesus feeding the five thousand, He immediately made them get in a boat and go across the lake, where He would catch up with them later. But apparently it took some convincing to get them to go. They had just seen the world’s largest cookout come from five loaves and two fish, so why would they want to go on a boat ride and leave Jesus behind? Well, Jesus was sending them to the danger from which only He could deliver them. But they didn’t know that. They thought that being in a boat on the lake meant being apart from Jesus. They didn’t know that He was going to pray for six or eight hours, perhaps praying for them and the encounter they would have a few hours later. But in the boat He put them, and into the wind and waves He sent them. He had fed the five thousand, but what had the disciples eaten? Had they digested the amazing power and grace of Christ? Probably not. If they weren’t crazy about getting in the boat, then they surely didn’t like the storm that they encountered. But Jesus sent them into it. And while it raged, He prayed. But just at the right time, He came to them, bringing the safety that only He could offer. He sent them to rescue them, but He never left them. That is love that no movie can express.

Charge

As we seek Him today, keep looking for Him in the midst of whatever you are going through. Trust that where He makes you go, He is going there with you.


AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org 

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