REACHING YOUR DESTINATION
George W. Black
“Then they were eager to let Him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!” John 6:21 NLT
Have you ever heard the expression, “I’m not sure where I’m going, but I’m making good time?” According to this sixth chapter of John the disciples had been rowing their boat in a gale with rough seas for about three or four miles. That’s a long way. And it had taken a long time, for they began their journey at dark.
Another Gospel records this John 6:21 event happening in the fourth watch of the night, which is the last watch before morning. WOW! Talk about a lot of human effort with little result.
Surely there was at least one disciple that said “are we there yet?” The answer was no. The Sea of Galilee is eight miles wide. At about three or four miles, the disciples are still only half way across. Talk about a discouraging moment, they had one.
But Jesus had a plan. He is the Master Teacher, and His classroom is all of nature. He is teaching His disciples one of the most important lessons of their future ministry…human effort alone can never accomplish the will of God.
What boat are you rowing by yourself without Jesus aboard? Your marriage, career, child-rearing, church-life, private-life, etc.
Had a few storms that slowed your progress?
Time to get a clue.
No matter how smart, talented, educated, or whatever else we may think gives us an advantage, if we are rowing without Jesus in the boat, we will get tired before we arrive at our destination, if ever.
Christianity is not about trying harder, but rather it is surrendering every area of our lives to the Lordship and leadership of the One who already has the blueprint. When you let Him in your boat, it becomes His boat, and things will change.
“Then they were eager to let Him in the boat, and immediately they arrived at their destination!”