When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea, got into a boat, and started
across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.
The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing. When they had rowed
about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat,
and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they
were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which
they were going. John 6:16-21
What is a miracle? What makes a miracle a miracle? Norman Geisler writes, “A miracle
is a divine intervention into, or interruption of, the regular course of the world that
produces a purposeful but unusual event that would not have occurred otherwise.”
William Lane Craig, a scholar, and theologian, gives us an even more simple definition:
“A miracle is an event which is not producible by the natural causes that are operative at
the time and place that the event occurs.”
In the fourth watch the Jews, who used to divide the night into three watches, later
adopted the Roman division into four watches, as here; so that, at the rate of three hours
to each, the fourth watch, reckoning from six P.M., would be three o’clock in the
So, Jesus comes a few hours after He had put the disciples in the boat. Have you ever felt
this way? Jesus knows I am going through the storm. Maybe even Jesus put me in the
situation knowing the storm was going to happen. In the middle of the storm, you ask
the question, “Where is Jesus?” Just like with the disciples, He is walking in your storm.
Wow! Let that sink in. He is in the midst of your storm. Jesus comes in the midst of your storm.
The disciples were “glad to take him
into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.” Jesus
comes to get in your boat. He comes to calm your storm and steady your boat. Notice,
the boat got to the place that it was going, not randomly, but immediately. Jesus will get
you through your storm to the place that you are going on time. Jesus is never late in his
timing. He is always on time because He is an on-time God.
Pray for a miracle today. Pray for a miracle of His presence. Pray for a miracle of His
presence in the midst of your storm. Pray for God to get into your boat and steady it in
the storm. Jesus comes to you in the midst of the storm to get you through it!