December 15, 2019

Matthew 14:22–33 (ESV) — 22 “Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. 23 And after He had dismissed the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea. 26 But when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, ‘It is a ghost!’ and they cried out in fear. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.’ 28 And Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.’ 29 He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ 31 Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him, saying to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God.’ “

 At times, I think everyone of us have wished that God would hurry up in coming to our rescue. The pressures of life, disappointment, and uncertainty almost drive us to screen, “Jesus, please fix this!” In our passage above, the disciples felt the same way. Jesus sent them out onto the Sea of Galilee while he remained on shore. Their little fishing boat was struck by the wind and waves. Where was Jesus when you need him?

At just the right time, Jesus came to them, walking on the water. He told them to not be afraid. And when He got into the boat, the wind ceased and the lake became smooth as glass.

Are you facing a situation right now and you feel all alone? Please do not fear. Jesus is with you in the midst of your storm. You may not see Him. You may not feel Him. But take comfort in the Word of God that, “Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you.” Allow Him to give you confidence in courage that He is in control. Though He may not immediately guide you out of the storm, trust Him that He has a plan that will not fail.

“Father God, I feel that I am in the midst of terrible winds and waves.  I fear that I am sinking under the waves. I don’t know where to turn. I don’t know what to do. Please give me supernatural insight in how to obey You. Fill me with the knowledge of Your presence. Remind me of Your everlasting love. As I gather with Your church family this morning, I want to worship You, not just when everything is calm, but also when I am in the midst of the storms of life. In Jesus name, Amen.”