God Orders Your Fear In Order to Re-Order Your Heart
June 10, 2015
31 Immediately Jesus reached out His hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 Then those in the boat worshiped Him and said, “Truly You are the Son of God!” Matthew 14:31-33
God orders our fears in order to re-order our hearts.
Jesus sent the disciples into this mess (see Matthew 14:22).
Jesus is in control of the elements of the water (see Matthew 14:24, 32).
Jesus came at night, when it was dark - not during the day (see Matthew 14:25-26).
Jesus caused a huge gust after Peter got on the water (see Matthew 14:30).
This event was ordered by God Himself. He planned it. He brought it about. Jesus could have waited to go with them in the morning. Jesus could have caused a nice wind to gently blow them toward the other side. Jesus could have come during the day time when it was easier to see. And Jesus could have caused the water under Peter be still and calm and "congealed."
But He didn't.
He wanted to re-order their hearts.
Did you catch how Matthew ends this story? By telling us what the guys in the boat did when it was all said and done: "Then those in the boat worshiped Him and said, 'Truly, You are the Son of God!'"
One of our biggest problems in life is not being uncomfortable or not having a "nice, easy" life. No. One of our biggest problems in life is that we think Jesus exists to make our lives easier or nicer or happier or more comfortable. But that's not how it works. Jesus is MUCH more concerned with the condition of our hearts than He is the comfort of our circumstances. Therefore, He will allow things (fears!) to come about in our lives in order to teach us to worship Him - the One who controls the circumstances - instead of the circumstances themselves.
Jesus is MUCH more concerned with the condition of our hearts than He is the comfort of our circumstances.
Jesus made us to worship and exalt and enjoy and to live a life in awe of HIM. That's what we were made for and where our hearts will ultimately be at rest. He caused the wind to fire up to teach Peter to stop looking at the "power" of his circumstances, but to keep His eyes on the One who controls the circumstances. The wind will come. Storms will arise. But Jesus is bigger than they are.
So, what fear(s) are you struggling with right now? What has you totally "freaked out"? We all have 'em. What's yours during this season of your life?
God isn't allowing it in order for you to be miserable. He has a purpose and a plan in it.
God orders your fears in order to re-order your heart.
Turn Your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the fears you have will grow strangely dim. In the light of His glory and grace.
[This is an excerpt from a message I preached this past Sunday - June 7th. You can find it here.]