A genuine relationship with Christ should make a difference in our life when tough times come. But that is not always the case. Sometimes Christians don’t handle life’s challenges any better than unbelievers do.
It is during the storms of life that we see the true quality of our relationship with Christ. By storms, I mean trying or difficult times. And all of us will at one time or another experience storms in life.
The storms of life can be a reality check. That’s when we really see what our Faith in Christ is made of. Everyone can appear to have great faith in the Lord when everything’s going well. But what about when everything in your life is going haywire?
I think it’s safe to say that today everyone of us is in one of four places in life: Either the weather of life is all good for you right now, or you are experiencing the calm before the storm and you are in the process of entering a storm in your life, or you are smack dab in the middle of a storm, or you have been in a storm before and you know what’s like to have been in a storm.
Caught in a Literal Storm
In Mark’s record of the gospel, he tells of a time when the disciples were on a ship and a deadly storm came. Jesus was with them but He was asleep as the waters rose and began to fill the ship.
In a panic, the disciples awoke the Lord.
Jesus arose and rebuked the wind, bringing about a great calm.
Then He rebuked His disciples. “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” Jesus asked (Mark 4:40, KJV).
The disciples were in good hands with Jesus on board. But they did not act that way. According to Jesus, they were full of fear and void of faith.
Even for us, there are times when the storms of life get the best of us. Though we have a genuine relationship with Christ, we can have moments when we are overcome with fear because of our circumstances.
What Causes Your Relationship with Christ to Make a Difference
So what’s the key? When is it that our relationship with Christ will make a difference in our life? The answer lies in the words of Jesus: “Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40).
Notice that He refers to both fear and faith. These two are contrary to each other. When one of them governs our life the other cannot. Jesus makes it clear that the disciples’ response to the storm was void of faith.
Why was that a problem? Because whenever our life is governed by fear and not faith, we handle trials in life no differently than unbelievers do.
The point is that if during the storms of life we are governed by fear and not faith, our relationship with Christ will make little difference in our daily life.
It is our faith in Christ that causes our relationship with Him to make a difference in our life. Faith is what enables us to weather the storms of life better than those who don’t know the Lord do. It is during the storms of life that others should see the difference that our relationship with Christ makes.
When storms come in our life, Jesus is on board with us. He promises to never leave nor forsake us. He is more than able to bring us safely through the storm. Having Him on board makes all the difference in the world—provided our life if governed by faith and not fear.
We can endure all things through Christ who strengthens us.
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