Friday, July 14, 2017

‘On the Savior, Not the Storm’ – Matthew 14:28-31

Peter said, “Lord, if that is really you, then tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come, Peter.” Then Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. But while Peter was walking on the water, he saw the wind and the waves. Peter became afraid and began sinking down into the water. Peter shouted, “Lord, save me!” Then Jesus caught Peter with his hand. Jesus said, “Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?”

—Matthew 14:28-31

Key Thought

Peter is catching on, isn’t he? He knows that if Jesus demands something of us, he also empowers us to do it! But like us, Peter gets distracted with all the problems in doing what Jesus asks, all the things that can go wrong in his dream of faith, and he becomes afraid.
I’ve heard repeatedly that the command for God’s people not to be afraid is the most often found command in Scripture. While I can’t verify that this is true, I know Jesus does have to say it over and over again: “Have courage; don’t be afraid!” But this time, fear gets the better of faith and Peter sinks. This lapse doesn’t ruin Peter because he knows where salvation is found. But Jesus does let Peter know that it’s getting time for him to have a bigger faith.
So what about you today? Where do you need help? Not fearing? Launching out in faith? Calling on Jesus for help? Developing a stronger faith? Keeping your eyes and faith on Christ and not the problems all around? This is one of those days where there are both rebuke and encouragement for each of us no matter where we are on the journey! So let’s hear Jesus’ call to us and respond!

Today’s Prayer

Almighty and holy God, give me courage to believe and keep my eyes focused on Jesus and not on the problems that seem so large. I believe you long to do great things in our times today. Please use me as a vessel in your service and to your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Today’s Verses in Context

Then Jesus made the followers get into the boat. Jesus told them to go to the other side of the lake. Jesus said that he would come later. Jesus stayed there to tell the people they could go home. After Jesus said good-bye to the people, he went up into the hills. Jesus went there alone to pray. It was late, and Jesus was there alone. At this time, the boat was already far away on the lake. The boat was having trouble because of the waves. The wind was blowing against it. Between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus’ followers were still in the boat. Jesus came to them. He was walking on the water. The followers saw Jesus walking on the water and they were afraid. They said, “It’s a ghost!” The followers shouted with fear. But Jesus quickly spoke to them. Jesus said, “Don’t worry! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.” Peter said, “Lord, if that is really you, then tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come, Peter.” Then Peter left the boat and walked on the water to Jesus. But while Peter was walking on the water, he saw the wind and the waves. Peter became afraid and began sinking down into the water. Peter shouted, “Lord, save me!” Then Jesus caught Peter with his hand. Jesus said, “Your faith is small. Why did you doubt?” After Peter and Jesus were in the boat, the wind became calm. Then those followers in the boat worshiped Jesus and said, “Truly you are the Son of God.” After they crossed the lake, they came to the shore at Gennesaret. The people in that place saw Jesus. They knew who he was. So they told the other people all around there that Jesus had come. The people brought all their sick people to Jesus. The people begged Jesus to let them only touch his coat to be healed. And all the sick people that touched Jesus’ coat were healed.Matthew 14:22-36

Related Scripture Readings

We have this treasure {from God}. But we are only like clay jars that hold the treasure. This shows that this great power is from God, not from us. We have troubles all around us, but we are not defeated. We often don’t know what to do, but we don’t give up. We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed. We have the death of Jesus in our own bodies. We carry this death so that the life of Jesus can also be seen in our bodies (lives). — 2 Corinthians 4:7-10

Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. Or believe because of the miracles I have done. I tell you the truth. The person that believes in me will do the same things I have done. Yes! He will do even greater things than I have done. Why? Because I am going to the Father. And if you ask for anything in my name, I will do it for you. Then the Father’s glory will be shown through the Son. — John 14:11-13

In a large house there are things made of gold and silver. But also there are things made of wood and clay. Some things are used for special purposes. Other things are made for dirty jobs. The Lord wants to use you for special purposes. So make yourself clean from all those evil things. Then you will be holy, and the Master can use you. You will be ready to do any good work. — 2 Timothy 2:20-21


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