Today's verses are John 6:16-18: "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." My child, when the crowds wanted to crown me king after miraculously feeding them, I retreated to a lonely spot on a mountain.  I needed time alone to pray, just like you do.  You cannot face each day without time alone with my Father in heaven.  I knew this to be true.  I want you to emulate my life in prayer, my total dependence on my Father in heaven.

I told my disciples to get into a boat and go to the other side of the sea of Galilee.  It was evening and they headed toward Capernaum, a distance of about six miles.  It was evening.  Darkness consumed them as they traveled in the boat.  As they were rowing across the sea, a rough wind began to blow.  It was a contrary wind, one that was very difficult against which to row.  Several of these men were skilled fishermen who had regularly fished these waters.  They knew how quickly these storms can arise.  But this wind was especially rough.  It caused a terrific struggle.

My child, here is the truth I want you to learn today: I am Lord over all your life's storms. I am sovereign over all your times of darkness, when life is hard and you can't see the next step.  I know that they are going to happen.  I know when they are going to happen.  I am using all your life's storms for a purpose: to increase your faith.  Without these storms, you'd never learn to depend totally on me.

I compelled my disciples to enter the boat knowing a strong wind would start blowing against them when it was dark.  I told them to go to Capernaum knowing this storm would arise!  It did not surprise me.  I wasn't watching them on the mountain, seeing them struggling against this strong wind, in total darkness, surprised and discouraged with what they were experiencing.  I knew it was coming.  Indeed, I was the one who put them in the middle of the storm in the middle of the night!

Today, if you are facing a strong wind, darkness surrounding you on every turn, one that seems contrary to any advancement you are trying to make in life, don't become discouraged.  Don't allow your faith to melt away.  Don't think I'm not watching, unconcerned with your struggle.  You are not alone.  I oversee all.  I know what is occurring in your life.  Your storm didn't catch me by surprise.  I am Lord over all life's storms.

I will come to you in your life's storms.  I am your light when life seems dark.  I will be with you in your struggles.  The storm is not greater than I am.  I see all.  I know all.  I am with you always.

You can trust me today.