Sunday 10th May 2020
The disciples had had a long tiring day and Jesus sent them out in the boat to go over to another town. It was a dark stormy night and the wind was tossing the waves around. In the middle of the night, they thought they were seeing a ghost when Jesus came to them walking on the sea! Jesus saw they were scared and told them not to be afraid. When they were the most afraid, he told them to cheer up, he was with them! God has to take the storm out of us before He can take us out of the storms of life.
Reading Mathew 14 V 27 -33 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2014:22-33&version=NIV
When we find ourselves as Peter did, battling the storm, we may become focused has he did. Peter was focused on what was going on around him, the high waves and wind, the safety of the crew and ship. With the current situation with lock down, the weekly shopping trip and the daily exercise, the inability for many to leave their homes, it is easy to find ourselves focused on what is happening. Those of us that are working spend a lot of the time focused on safety, hand washing, disinfecting, keeping our distances, reducing contact.
We start to not notice what is in front of us Peter didn’t. He didn’t see Jesus initially and it was only when he saw beyond the storm, that he paused for a moment and it was then that his eyes where opened.
Peter must have wondered if it really was Jesus or whether it was just his imagination. He asked Jesus to tell him to come out on the water with him if this was really happening. Jesus didn’t say, “I’m sorry, Peter, but water-walking is for Messiahs only.” No, he said one simple word: Come. God calls us to do impossible things by faith. It must have taken a lot of faith by Peter to take that first step out of the boat in the middle of the wind and waves. When he did, Peter walked on water! The Bible says,
And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. – Matthew 14:29,30
Peter was doing well until he took his eyes off Jesus. As long as he had faith, he was able to do impossible things, keeping his eyes on Jesus, he was able to walk on water. When he looked around at the world, he started believing that the storm was going to defeat him. He lost faith. He took his eyes off Jesus, and he began to sink. If we forget that Jesus is right there to help us, we can let the storms of life cause us to sink. If we keep our eyes on Jesus, we can do mighty things for God by faith.
Then Peter uttered what is probably the shortest prayer in the Bible: Lord, save me. Everyone needs to say that prayer. We ALL need Jesus to save us. He is our only hope. Jesus told Peter he should not have doubted. When they got back in the ship, everyone on board came and worshipped Jesus, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. Whenever we do something with God’s help we need to remember to give Him the glory for it.
For each of us we need pause and look beyond our fears and focus on Jesus and hear Him say, as he did to Peter, come. From that point he didn’t think about the water or failure he was responding to his Lords request.
We need to stay safe during these times, but we can still be called in many ways to come.
Come now is the time Worship Brian Doerksen © 1998, Vineyard Songs (UK/EIRE) (PRS) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmnE8JvRqy8
Pray: – That we might have our eyes opened during this time and that we may see the love of Christ and worship wherever we may be.
That our eyes may be opened to new possibilities and ways to share our faith and support.
Lord we pray that you will keep us safe during this time and be with those who are struggling. We pray those for who are in hospital or ill at home, as well as for all those who are supporting them. We think of the families of those who have lost love ones to this terrible virus, and we pray your loving arms are around them and those supporting them.
Rasie a Hallelujah Jonathan David & Melisa Helser Bethel Music
Some parts Adapted from “Keep Your Eyes On Jesus” as told by Rev. Lewis Shaffer, Son Shine Ministries International Inc
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