Jesus is Lord over Time & Nature

Is anything too hard for God? The answer is “No.” He is Lord over all. God is supreme and sovereign over all things, including time.

God always answers, right on time. God always meets your needs, right on time.

God is also supreme and sovereign over nature. Now, we live in a broken, fallen world. Because of the sin of Adam & Eve, the earth itself (including weather systems, the animal kingdom, etc) was subjected to brokenness. In the midst of this brokenness, God holds all things together and rules supreme and sovereign over nature. He sends refreshing rain. He sends the sunshine to warm the earth. And He controls the storms.

Jesus is God.

Two events in Jesus’ life happened on the same day: He fed the 5000+ and He walked on the water. The miracle of feeding the 5000 was more than just a miracle about food. Yes, the miracle provided for the needs of the people who were hungry after a long day of hearing Jesus teach. But think about this: the people were sitting right beside the Sea of Galilee (full of fish) in a field (full of grain). If the people would have had enough time, they could have caught fish and cooked them, and baked bread ready to eat.

Jesus miracle was a clear indication that He can meet our needs right on time.

After this miraculous event, Jesus sent the disciples in a boat across the lake, and He stayed behind for recuperation, rest, and prayer. During the night, He saw them struggling in a storm on the lake.

Step back for a moment and consider this. Jesus could have calmed the storm from the shore. He could have prayed like Moses did, and a strong wind could have parted the sea for Him to walk to the disciples. But He didn’t do either of those. He showed Himself to be the ever-present, caring, Lord-over-nature by walking to them on the water. When He got in the boat with them, the storm ceased.

Jesus knows the storms you are going through. He cares, He is with you, bringing peace in the midst of the storms.

Read the stories, then consider the concluding statements:

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him all that they had done and taught. 31 He said to them, “Come away by yourselves to a remote place and rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they went away in the boat by themselves to a remote place, 33 but many saw them leaving and recognized them. People ran there by land from all the towns and arrived ahead of them.34 So as He stepped ashore, He saw a huge crowd and had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Then He began to teach them many things.

35 When it was already late, His disciples approached Him and said, “This place is a wilderness, and it is already late! 36 Send them away, so they can go into the surrounding countryside and villages to buy themselves something to eat.”

37 “You give them something to eat,” He responded.

They said to Him, “Should we go and buy 200 denarii worth of bread and give them something to eat?”

38 And He asked them, “How many loaves do you have? Go look.”

When they found out they said, “Five, and two fish.”

39 Then He instructed them to have all the people sit down in groups on the green grass. 40 So they sat down in ranks of hundreds and fifties. 41 Then He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke the loaves. He kept giving them to His disciples to set before the people. He also divided the two fish among them all.42 Everyone ate and was filled. 43 Then they picked up 12 baskets full of pieces of bread and fish. 44 Now those who ate the loaves were 5,000 men.

45 Immediately He made His disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, to Bethsaida, while He dismissed the crowd. 46 After He said good-bye to them, He went away to the mountain to pray. 47 When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea, and He was alone on the land. 48 He saw them being battered as they rowed, because the wind was against them. Around three in the morning He came toward them walking on the sea and wanted to pass by them. 49 When they saw Him walking on the sea, they thought it was a ghost and cried out; 50 for they all saw Him and were terrified. Immediately He spoke with them and said, “Have courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 51 Then He got into the boat with them, and the wind ceased. They were completely astounded, 52 because they had not understood about the loaves. Instead, their hearts were hardened. (Mark 6:30-52)

Notice at the end of these events (vv 51-52), Jesus’ disciples were astounded. They were still blown away by the miracle of the loaves. Their hearts were hardened. They still needed to grow spiritually.

So don’t be so hard on yourself if you have doubts from time to time. Keep trusting. Keep being amazed. Keep remembering that Jesus is Lord over time and nature. He is the supreme and sovereign Lord over all. He is the One who meets your needs right on time. He is the One who knows the storms you are going through, the One who cares, the One who is with you, and the One who controls the storms.

This is good news. Tell it to someone today. Tell them about Jesus your Lord.

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