"And straitway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away." Mathew 14:22
IN JESUS TODAY!
Compel, constrain, this is what Jesus will do unto us when he would like for us to follow his directions. Here we see Jesus constraining his disciples, giving them directions to follow, and of course they obeyed, as we should also. Obedience is easy when when we feel that it is our best interest, but maybe not so easy when we find out that it might bring trouble to us. What I am saying is, the disciples easily obeyed Jesus and got into the ship as directed, as we read in John 16:16,17a "And when even was come his disciples went down unto the sea and entered into a ship, and went over the sea toward Capernum." Now it was easy for the disciples to obey because they heard Jesus say it and knew nothing of the trouble to come. They obeyed, understanding that if Jesus said it, it should be ok, and they were right! But... if we follow this we find that as the evening went on trouble was coming, as we read, "And it was now dark, and Jesus was not come with them. And the sea arose by reason of a great wind that blew." Alas! Trouble had come to them! Would this be a reason for them to question or doubt the directives of Jesus? Shall we let the fear of the unknown stop us from obeying? No! Did the disciples question Jesus saying, "What will happen Jesus...?" or "What if...?" No, they just did as he said and trusted him. If they knew ahead that this storm would come, or that trouble would come to them, then maybe they would not have obeyed, and this is why we are not told everything!
We should not know everything, but we should obey Jesus trusting him without doubt, because Jesus is always with us and will always be with us in our times of trouble, just as he was for the disciples when this wind arose, let us read, "But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out: For they all saw him, and were trouble. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid." Mark 6:49,50 Jesus is always with us!