|Wait on Jesus
By Greg Sanders
John 6:15 When Jesus saw that they were ready to force him to be their king, he slipped away into the hills by himself. 16That evening Jesus’ disciples went down to the shore to wait for him. 17 But as darkness fell and Jesus still hadn’t come back, they got into the boat and headed across the lake toward Capernaum. 18Soon a gale swept down upon them, and the sea grew very rough. 19 They had rowed three or four miles when suddenly they saw Jesus walking on the water toward the boat. They were terrified, 20 but he called out to them, “Don’t be afraid. I am here!” 21 Then they were eager to let him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!
1. Embrace the fact that you will not always know what God is doing.
There are times in life when you do not know what Jesus is doing. John 6:15 said that Jesus slipped away from the crowds, but by doing so He also slipped away from the disciples. They had not idea where Jesus was or what He was doing. We must embrace the idea that there will be seasons when we cannot see what Jesus is doing and trust that He is acting in our best interest.
2. Don’t let circumstances change your resolve.
They went to the shore to wait on Jesus, but when it started getting dark, they decided to leave without Jesus. I read this, and it is mind boggling to me. As a pastor, I cannot imagine going on a trip with my staff and them leaving me behind. However, this is the picture painted. As you wait on God, the things around your life may tell you that you need to move now, act now or decide now. I challenge you not to let what you see change what you know.
3. Realize moving without Jesus will produce regret.
Just a short distance into their voyage a storm came. One thing to remember is that no matter where you are in life, storms will come. When storms come, you want Jesus in your boat. The way to ensure that Jesus is in your boat is in your life is to decide that you are not leaving the bank without Him. He is the one person you cannot afford to leave behind.
4. Remember that Jesus is never late.
The moment Jesus got into their boat they arrived at their destination. The reality of Jesus in your life for one moment will produce more fruit, more forward movement, and more peace than anything you could ever produce without Him. He is always worth the wait.
Today’s Challenge: Don’t allow your desire for a quick fix keep you from waiting on Jesus. He may not always be on your schedule, but His timing is always perfect. Better to move with Jesus then live with the regret of moving without Him.