The Other Side

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I want to share with you today a devotional thought from Streams in the Desert – I hope you will enjoy it and benefit from it. This is inspired by the passage where Jesus said to His disciples–

Let us go over to the other side (Mark 4:35).
 
Even though we follow Christ’s command, we should not expect to escape from the storm. The disciples were obeying His command, yet they encountered the fiercest storm. In their distress, they cried out for Christ’s assistance.
 
Christ may delay coming to us during our times of distress, but it is simply so our faith may be tested and strengthened. His purpose is also that our prayers will be more powerful, our desire for deliverance will be greater, and when deliverance finally comes we will appreciate it more fully.
 
Gently rebuking His disciples, Christ said, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” (v.40). In effect, He was saying, “Why didn’t you face the storm victoriously and shout to the raging winds and rolling waves, ‘You cannot harm, for Christ, the mighty Savior is on board?'”
 
Of course, it is much easier to trust God when the sun is shining than to trust Him when the storm is raging. Yet we will never know our level of genuine faith until it is tested in a fierce storm…If you are ever to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10), your strength will be born during a storm.
 
May our dear Lord develop within us a strong storm-tested faith which is always assured that we will make it victoriously to the other side.
Have a Blessed Day,
Pastor Ron
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