Jesus was in the boat with the disciples when they first encountered a storm (Matthew 8:24), but the second time they were buffeted by the waves, they were alone. Not until about three o'clock in the morning did Jesus appear to them walking on the water and saying, "I am here. Don't be afraid" (Matthew 14:24-27).
Jesus allowed them to be alone and in danger, much as a loving mother-bird thrusts her babies from the nest to teach them to use their wings. Jesus wanted to strengthen the disciples' faith so they would learn to be confident of His constant presence.
In all their storms of temptation, He would be near. Even when they could not see Him, He would always be present to help them.
Sometimes when reading a psalm, I like to see what Charles Spurgeon commented on the verses in his Treasury of David. His thoughts on Psalm 91:15 are especially comforting. The verse gives God's wonderful promise: "I will be with him in trouble." Here is a bit of what Spurgeon wrote:
"Oh, that delightful sentence! 'I will be with him in trouble.' At other times God will leave them in the hands of angels: 'I will give them (angels) charge over them, to keep them in all their ways; they bear them up lest at any time they dash their feet against a stone.' But when they are in trouble, I will say to the angels, 'Stand aside, I will take care of them myself.' 'I will be with them in trouble.'"
Sometimes when we're in trouble, it seems as though the Lord has forgotten us, but His eye is on us. At just the right time, we will discover He is with us and that His delay was indeed good.
Thank You, Jesus, that in every situation, Your intentions are for our good and Your glory.
"I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go...I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you" (Genesis 28:15).