Hope For Hard Times

Who is in control? Matthew 8:18; 23-34

In the Matthew’s account of the disciples and Jesus during the storm, one thing is very clear. Jesus was perfectly in control. Before the storm, He took charge by speaking the Word, Matthew 8:18. “And when Jesus saw the great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side.Mark 4:35, He says, “Let us cross over to the other side.” He set the course for the entire journey, like a GPS to lead to the end of that journey. This command was understood by heaven, angelic hosts, even Satan and his demons. The demons in the demon possessed on the other side became agitated that Jesus and His disciples were coming where they were to cast them out. The demons tried to put up a fight by causing the storm that threatened to drown the boat. They fought as they were to win but they knew they would lose because Jesus was in the company.

When the storm arose, and the disciples called on Jesus, “He (Jesus) arose and rebuked the winds, and the sea, and there was a great calm.” Now having crossed to the other side, the demon possessed man challenged Jesus, saying, “What have we to do with You, Jesus, You Son of God? Have You come here to torment us before the time?Matthew 8:29, The demons knew Jesus was in control. “So the demons begged Him, saying, “If You cast us out, permit us to go away into the herd of swine.” The demons begged Him to let them possess the swine. Devine limitations. They recognized Him, their Creator, who still has power over them. They sought for permission from Him. Their power is limited but Jesus’ power is unlimited. Jesus said to them “Go”. Jesus answered their request. When He let them go they possessed two thousand pigs and drove them down the stream and drowned them. Thus Jesus cast the demons out of the possessed.

Why did Jesus answer their prayer? By allowing them possess the pigs, Jesus revealed the destructive power of the demons living in the demon possessed. This episode explains partly what happens when we are experiencing tough times. As we continually call on Jesus to help us, help comes from above. Our faith in Him invites Jesus to release His irresistible power by His presence. In every hard time, and adverse circumstances, remember Jesus is in control when you call Him. Communicate with Him. Be completely in tune with Him by admitting your weakness. Tell Him every concern you have and trust Him to totally take care of your situation. Matt. 11:28.

(Jeremiah 33:3; Isaiah 58:9) As the hymn says:
Keep step with the Master, whatever betide;
Though dark be the pathway, keep close to your Guide,
While foes are alluring, and danger is near,
When walking with Jesus, you’ve nothing to fear.