"It is well. It is well with my soul!"
"It is well. It is well with my soul!"
STEP OUT OF THE BOAT AND BELIEVE
Don't Focus on the Storm!
Just prior to the versus below, Jesus was healing the sick, speaking truth into their lives and filling the bellies of over five thousand people. Remember, Jesus had crossed the lake to get away to rest and pray. He had not yet done that as he had compassion on the people and their needs.
Matthew 14:22-33 NLT “Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.
What a good lesson for all of us. Jesus wanted to be alone with the Father in prayer, he wanted time to rest and be refreshed, but his compassion for the people came first. However, as soon as he had gotten the disciples on their way and dismissed all the people, he remembered to worship and pray to the Father. He pleased the Father by serving and tending his people, but he knew the importance of setting time aside to be refreshed in prayer and worship. Are you as guilty as I am? It seems I make excuses all the time. What excuses do you make about serving others, about not worshipping, about not praying or about not reading God's word ~ enough? Are the things of this world really that much more important than a relationship with God, through his son, Jesus? I figure, if Jesus, can stop what he is doing to serve me, I can and should stop what I am doing to serve him. How about you?
Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here! ”
While Jesus was still praying, he was aware that his disciples were in a storm. These scriptures give us great hope and assurance that he is always with us and is always aware of what is going on in our lives. Jesus came to the disciples by walking on water. Check that out, he was walking on water in a storm. The disciples were in a boat. The disciples fear must have already been on high alert because, even though they needed help, they were terrified to see him coming to them. Jesus spoke to them at once to calm their fear. He said, "Don't be afraid, take courage ~ I am here!" Imagine Jesus speaking to you in your storm right now. He is saying to you, the same words he spoke to the disciples, "Don't be afraid, take courage ~ I am here!" Oh, how that is music to my soul. How about you? Do you receive great comfort knowing that Jesus already knows your storm? That he is present with you. That you are never alone.
Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?” When they climbed back into the boat, the wind stopped. Then the disciples worshiped him. “You really are the Son of God!” they exclaimed."
Even though Jesus already spoke to the disciples and assured them that he was here to help them, Peter still asked for confirmation. He said to Jesus, "Lord, if it's really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water." Without hesitation, Jesus said, "Yes, come". So, Peter obeyed and was walking on water until he got distracted by the storm. He allowed his fear to set in and he allowed his own lack of understanding to distract him from an intimate moment with the Lord. He took his eyes off Jesus and immediately began to sink. How often do we do the same. We call on Jesus and then when he doesn't respond immediately or doesn't respond in a away we expect, we get distracted by our own efforts or our own back up plans. Whatever happened to waiting on Jesus? Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and began to sink. Let me re-state that Peter was walking on water. Then he wasn't. Even though Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and began to sink, he still knew he needed Jesus and yelled out to him in the midst of his distraction. Jesus reached out his hand and saved him. Jesus said, "You have so little faith. Why did you doubt me?" How often are we just like Peter? The good news is that Jesus knows us and came for us. He will return to collect his own. Are you one of his own? When they got back into the boat, the wind stopped. After they saw the miracle, they worshipped him. I think we should worship him before we see the miracle. We should have faith that Jesus always keeps his promises. How often are we amazed like the disciples and exclaim, "You really are the Son of God!"
I hope you find these verses encouraging and full of great hope. For me, they speak volumes into my life as I am in a storm. I know I have to keep my eyes on Jesus and I have to believe in his promises, no matter how he chooses to deliver them.
Look into his eyes and accept him into your heart. It will change your life, just like it changed mine. I love you, but Jesus loves you more. Thanks for your prayers. Our Lord and Savior loves to hear our voices.
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