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08 Aug

Smooth Sailing

Matthew 14:31 “Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

We all have experienced troubles or difficulties in life, and if you haven’t, well that’s great, but in John 16:33, Jesus tells us that we will have trouble. Jesus is letting us know that there will come a time when life will be difficult and might even seem like you might not be able to make it through. There have been challenges in my life that seemed like I could not make it through, and in reality, I couldn’t. The only way I made it through was because Jesus was walking with me in the situation and it was His strength that got me through.
In the fourteenth chapter of Matthew, Jesus just finished feeding a crowd of over five thousand people. After they were fed, Jesus went off by himself to pray but sent His disciples off to the other side of the lake. As they were rowing across, a huge storm blew in. The storm was so strong that the boat was flooding and the disciples were afraid. Then, out of nowhere Jesus comes walking through the storm on the water, making the disciples even more afraid.
We all have heard this story since we were kids in Sunday School. This morning on the way into the office, I had this eye-opening moment. I was listening to the “Eye of the Storm” By Ryan Stevenson, when the lyrics (in the eye of the storm – You remain in control – And in the middle of the war – You guard my soul – You alone are the anchor – When my sails are torn – Your love surrounds me – In the eye of the storm) got me thinking about some of my past difficulties, and how at times I felt totally alone in them. But in Matthew 14, Jesus is not sitting safely by and calling Peter into the storm alone, Jesus is in the storm already and invites Peter to join Him. As long as Peter kept focused on Jesus, he was okay, but the moment he took his eyes off of Jesus, the storm over came him and he sank.
Our Father does not cause us troubles, our brokenness and sinful nature does, but what our Father does is stand by us in the storm to help us, and when we lose sight of Him, He picks us up. Sure, like the end of the story, God could just order the storm away, but for us to grow stronger in our faith, we need to trust Jesus as we endure the storms.
Remember you are not alone. Blessings!