In Mark 6 we have the famous story of Jesus commanding the disciples to enter a boat and go to the other side of the lake. As he ascended a mountain to pray, the disciples encountered a storm in their travel to Bethsaida.

Interesting that God told them to go and yet it didn’t go well for them. It wasn’t a walk in the park, or did things work in their favor. Instead, conditions were contrary to them.

It got me thinking about our own encounters in life when we know we have heard from God.

Just because the wind is against me, doesn’t mean the Lord is not for me.

Resistance is often the greatest place for revelation. It’s the place where my inability is exposed and Christ’s sufficiency is revealed. The moment where I am reminded of my dependence and need of Jesus in everything. Therefore, resistance becomes the pathway to revelation.

I expect when God says go that the winds are with me. Oftentimes that is not the case, and on Divine purpose I might add. Because, God will use a contrary situation to reveal his sufficiency. 

When things are against me and I still reach where im going it will be because He was with me. If the wind blew me to shore, it would get the credit and a feeling of self-sufficiency would begin mounting resistance in my heart to depending on the Lord. Thankfully, the contrary wind focused my attention on Jesus Christ, and his empowerment (not the wind) carried me to my destination.

He is exalted, and the Kingdom influence advances through the visible manifestation of deliverance, and this vessel becomes a billboard advertising his greatness.

Reuben Egolf

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