While reading the sixth chapter of John I began to see some parallels to my week. Jesus withdrew by himself to the mountain to keep the people from forcing him to be king. The disciples got in a boat and started crossing the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. Darkness set in and a storm started, this sounds familiar almost like my week. The disciples were struggling, again familiar. Along came Jesus not in a rescue boat but walking on the very stormy waters that were causing the disciples difficulties. How many times this week during difficulties did Jesus come to me with overcoming power in my struggles? Every time I struggled. The sight of Jesus instead of comforting the disciples actually caused them fear. I have to admit this week has caused me anxiety. However, the minute I allow Jesus into the circumstance no matter how difficult the circumstance appears. Power and peace came to overcome.
Then as I consider the Assyrian Christians captured this week by ISIS, I realize my worst day ended with me safe in my own bed at home. They are in a much worse predicament but just like with my minor issues of the week, Jesus is alive and well with them while they are martyred. Jesus provides power to overcome even if the circumstances remain the same. All of the apostles with the exception of John faced martyrdom for their faith in Jesus. Being a Christian does not exempt us from suffering or death but God promised that he would never leave us or forsake us. I do not know about you but when I ponder that promise, peace fills my soul and mind. Regardless what the future holds in store for me knowing God is my ultimate reward.
Pray for persecuted Christians all over the world, especially those suffering in Syria and the Middle East.