Always Present, Always in Control
(Matthew 14:22-33; Psalm 139)
There is nowhere you can go where Christ’s presence cannot follow. There is no crisis, big or small, from which He is absent.
He is always present, and He is always in control.
You say, “I know that. I learned it as a child. God is always with me.”
Yes, of course you know. But do you forget?
On a dark and stormy night, Jesus’ own disciples forgot His presence and doubted His power. In a small boat on a small sea, the wind raged around them and the rain poured from heavens. The boat threatened to break apart and they were terrified.
When they saw the man walking on top of the water, they thought it was a ghost. Perhaps death itself had come to claim their exhausted bodies and wayward souls. They cried out in fear, until He spoke.
“Take courage. I AM. Do not be afraid.”
The Maker of the Seas was in their presence. The King of all Creation was walking on the water. He was always present and He was always in control.
You know the rest of the story. You probably learned it as a child. Peter got out of the boat. While his eyes were on Jesus, he walked on the waves. When his eyes shifted to the wind and the waves, he fell.
And the Captain on the Storm took him by the hand, pulled him from the water, and stopped the storm cold. No more wind. No more rain. No more waves.
Jesus was always present and He was always in control.
Just as Jonah learned the hard way, and just as the Psalmist wrote so many years ago, nobody escapes His presence.
If you fly to the highest heavens, if you descend to the depths of the earth, if you go to the east or the west, He is there. Even if you turn off all the lights, He sees you.
If you find yourself in a crisis not of your own making, He is present. If you find yourself feeling out of control, He is in control.
You can panic or you can trust. You can pretend you’re in control, or you can grab ahold of the hand of the God who is.
And like the disciples remembered so many years ago, you’ll remember who He is. The one who conquered death will not abandon His people. The one who defeated hell itself will eventually resolve every crisis and wipe away every tear. He never leaves and He never loses.
The Maker of the Universe lives in you and me. Every place, every moment, forever.
Always present. Always in control.
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