20But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid. 21Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went." (John 6: 20-21)
Do you find yourself rowing hard in this life, but going nowhere?
The disciples found themselves in just such distressing times while rowing on the sea of Galilee. While the sea is not the large, the Gospel of John records that they had been rowing for twenty-five furlongs, or about 2.5 miles. They were working hard and going nowhere.
Then they saw Jesus, who announced "I am. Be not afraid."
When the disciples welcomed Him, literally willing, wanting Him to come into their boat, they immediately reached their destination.
The reason why God asks us to grow in grace and knowledge of Him is that we need to see Him not just greater than our storms, but the Redeemer who takes us out of every trouble in our lives.
Too many Christians are still convinced that they can go it alone in this life, that apart from being taken from death to life, they are on their own in this life, that they have to keep rowing the boat in order to reach their destination.
The same chapter in the Gospel of John, John 6, demonstrates that there is no greater work that we can do but to believe on Him (John 6: 29).
Jesus even tested Philip by asking him how they would feed the five thousand (John 6: 5-10)
Jesus will always allow us to try, and when we give up looking at our own efforts, and we willingly let Him take over, He takes us exactly where He wants us to go, and provides for all our needs and more.
Stop rowing against the currents, stop striving in your efforts, and welcome Jesus into your boat. He will take you places, prosper you fully, and ensure nothing but success for you.