The problem is it doesn’t feel safe in the storm. I’m always tempted to take the easy way out when my circumstances become difficult. Often times I want to keep quiet instead of speaking up to avoid disagreement. It’s easier to let lies and gossip persist than it is to defend myself and face the conflict that follows. And compromise seems better than standing firm because there is less pressure and disappointment from others. Sometimes I manipulate myself into believing it’s the Christian thing to do.
The trouble is that in the bible I see that Jesus stirred things up everywhere He went. In fact, his words and actions made people so angry they killed Him. And in John 15:18 He said: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.”
I’m amazed when people say Christianity is for the weak minded. Nothing in my life has been more difficult than doing what is right. Nothing. And when you do the right thing people will make fun of you. I know because I used to make fun of people like me all the time. You will also face conflict and adversity, often times these will come from other so called Christians. It’s the cost of staying ‘in the boat’ with Jesus. But the good news is that God is in the boat too and He’ll have your back in the long run.
Dr. Jeremiah goes on to say: “Sometimes the training for greatness is the ability to refrain from bitterness when you are not rewarded promptly for righteousness.”
And it’s most likely ‘in the storm’ that we will learn to navigate through what He has planned for us next. If we swim to the shore where it is safe we will miss that plan.
Yes Jesus stayed in the boat and He rocked the boat. But He also calmed the wind and the waves and walked on the water. It really is the safest place to be.