Saturday, June 6, 2020

WHERE TO LOOK IN A STORM!

Many of us know the story of how Jesus walked on the water. The disciples were sent by boat to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. The winds were strong on the sea that night.

But Jesus came to them in an unusual way...

25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
Matthew 14:25

So Peter decided that he should also walk on the sea!

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”
29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.
Matthew 14:28-29

Notice that Peter did not want to walk on the windy sea unless he had clear command from Jesus. He was fully focused on Jesus and began to do the impossible!

LOOKING AROUND
But then he did something foolish - something we all might be tempted to do...

30 But WHEN HE SAW  hat the wind was boisterous, he was afraid;
Matthew 14:30a

Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and focused instead on the violent winds around him.

...and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”
Matthew 14:30b

There is a lesson here that is clear in our troubled times. So far this year we have had a pandemic that shut down society, yet another incident of police brutality and looting, rioting and burning in our cities. And we're only half way through the year!

REFOCUSING
We now have a choice. WATCH the news for long hours to SEE what is happening next - OR - FOCUS ON JESUS!

It is very tempting to want to know every development as it happens live. We need a certain amount of information to know if it even is safe to go out. Peter was aware of the ferocious winds even as he walked on the water. But when he SAW - focused on the storm, he began to sink.

May I suggest that we turn off the flow of new information for long periods of time in a day, or perhaps for a full day or longer to refocus our minds on Jesus through God's Word and prayer. The storm will still be there but we will have a command from God Himself to do the impossible!

Jesus is in complete control. Man cannot stop the storm by his own brainstorming. But watch what Jesus does. 

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
33 Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”
Matthew 14:31-33

Let us cry out to Jesus in the midst of the storm. Will he not stretch out His hand as He did for Peter and save us? Does He not even have the power to make the winds cease?

We may feel hopeless in these times and rightfully conclude that these problems have no easy solutions. What did Peter do? He refocused on Jesus!

If we focus on Jesus, we will realize that He is fully in control and that He alone has the power over the storms in our world and in our personal lives - worshipping Him and once again seeing that He truly is THE SON OF GOD!

Let us do just that and hold tightly to God's promises...

GREAT PEACE HAVE THOSE WHO LOVE YOUR LAW, AND NOTHING CAUSES THEM TO STUMBLE.
PSALMS 119:165

BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING, BUT IN EVERYTHING BY PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION, WITH THANKSGIVING, LET YOUR REQUESTS BE MADE KNOWN TO GOD;
7 AND THE PEACE OF GOD, WHICH SURPASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING, WILL GUARD YOUR HEARTS AND MINDS THROUGH CHRIST JESUS.
Philippians 4:6-7


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