‘Jesus got into a boat, and His followers (disciples) went with Him. A great storm arose…’ (Matthew 8:23-24 NCV). There’s an important lesson here. Getting on board with Jesus doesn’t mean you will never go through a storm. Jesus said, ‘… In this world you will have tribulation (John 16:33 NKJV). In spite of God’s promise to protect and prosper us, you’ll still have to deal with things like disease, lack and fear. The difference is: the unbeliever faces the storms without Christ, but as a believer you go through the storm confident that all will be well because Jesus is on board. Does that mean you will never experience panic? If only it were so! But it isn’t. Looking at the swelling waves and the sleeping Saviour, the disciples asked, ‘do you not care that we are perishing? (Mark 4:38 NKJV). This is why fear costs so dearly. It corrodes your confidence in God’s goodness. It unleashes a swarm of doubts. It deadens your recall. By this time the disciples had witnessed Jesus ‘…healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people’ (Matthew 4:23 NKJV). Fear creates a spiritual amnesia. It dulls your miracle memory. It makes you forget what Jesus has done and how good God is. That’s why you must starve your doubts and feed your faith on God’s Word, for faith is what will take you through the storm.
Source: The UCB Word For Today devotional, 27/4/2015