“He came to them.” These may be four of the most precious, faith-building words in the Bible. The words come in the context of the disciples in a boat being battered by a storm in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. A contrary wind had these men straining at the oars for as many as 9 hours when, during the fourth watch of the night (3:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.), Jesus comes to them walking on the sea.
It is no small irony that the disciples found themselves in this hardship because of their obedience to Jesus’ command to “get into the boat and go before him to the other side” of the lake. Jesus certainly knew what awaited his disciples that night. And sent them anyway. Through this story we are reminded that the way of the cross is not paved with ease.
But Jesus came to them. He didn’t just watch them suffer. He acted.
In the storm, the Lord does not leave us to our own resources. He comes with omnipotent words like, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” He comes with rest for the weary; strength for the feeble; courage for the timid; wisdom for the confused; hope for the hopeless. In a word, He brings grace-sufficient for the hour (Cf., 2 Cor. 12:9).
This is an extended reminder to look for Jesus in your storm. He’s there. He’s come to you, Christian. And with his coming there is peace.