Matthew 14:22-33, New Revised Standard Version
Storms happen frequently. Storms create uncertainty. Stormy winds are not to cause fear, but to draw us closer into a deeper of trust in Jesus Christ. Instead of running from the storm, there is a sense that Jesus is calling the disciples into storm. In order to move forward it requires that trust is developed. Trusting in the words of Jesus changes everything. In Matthew’s gospel, Jesus invites the disciples to develop a trust without borders!
Praying is linked to trust!
And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. Matthew 14:23-24
Focus on the words of Jesus!
And early in the morning he came walking toward them on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:25-27
Trust is tested and developed in trouble times!
Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat, started walking on the water, and came toward Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Matthew 14:28-30
Jesus will always do his part!
Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:31-33
Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“Jesus calls us into the unknown!”