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Greg Laurie daily devotion - May. 17, 2011

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Storms that Protect

Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. —Matthew 14:22

Sometimes a storm will come into our lives that is protecting us from something worse. This is hard for us to wrap our minds around. Is it possible that a hardship ever could be better than a success? Sometimes it can, because there are things we learn that we would not have learned otherwise.

That is the type of storm the disciples faced when Jesus made them get into a boat and go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Trouble was brewing. Jesus had just fed the multitude, and He “perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king” (John 6:15). Effectively the people said, “You are going to be our king whether you like it or not, because you are the kind of king we want. Raising the dead? That’s nice. Restoration of sight to the blind? That’s good. Free meal? Now we are talking.” They essentially were using Jesus.

So He sent the disciples away, because He knew this would destroy them. On more than one occasion, they had argued about who would be greatest in the kingdom. For their own protection, Jesus had to get them out of there as soon as possible. He was basically saying, “Guys, I am delivering you from major success, which only would destroy you at this time in your lives. So get into the boat.”

We need to remember that He who stirred up the storm is also the hiding place in it. God will allow calamity in your life to show you His power. Storms will come. There is no getting around them. Jesus knew a storm was coming when He sent the disciple away—but He was with them in that storm. And He will be with you as well.

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