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Date: September 18

Category: Trust in God

Matthew 14:30-31
"But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out, Lord, save me [from death]! Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiMost of us know this story very well. The disciples were in the boat in the middle of the night and Jesus came towards them walking on the sea. (verse 25). When the disciples saw Him, they became terrified because they thought He was a ghost. But Jesus told them to stop being afraid because it was Him who was walking towards them. Then in verse 28 we read, "And Peter answered Him, Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water." So in verse 29, Jesus told Peter to come to Him and Peter got out of the boat and started walking on the water towards Jesus. None of the other disciples dared to do what Peter did. All of them were afraid, but Peter was the only one who had the courage to walk on the water.

According to the law of gravity, Peter was supposed to start sinking right away. But based on the command of Jesus, Peter was able to defeat the law of gravity and walk on water. All he had to do was obey what Jesus told him. All he had to do was listen when Jesus said, "Come." The moment he did that, he walked on water. At that point, he was able to do the impossible because he was obedient to Jesus and acted based on faith.

Today, some people may have stormy waters in their lives, whether it is in their marriages, with their children, with their money, with their health, etc. Jesus is saying to all of us, "Come! Obey Me and you will be able to walk above water – above every circumstance in your life." And often, we start to do that just like Peter started to. We gain the courage to step out onto the water and begin to walk. But like Peter, a lot of us also perceive and feel the strong wind. As we pay attention to the strong winds, instead of having faith in what Jesus says, we begin to fear and lose faith and that doubt causes us to sink. Our doubt will kill our faith. Our fear should be replaced with faith, not the other way around. The moment we look at the winds and replace our faith with fear, we start sinking.

So today, we should have faith in the things that Jesus says to us. We should have more confidence in what He says to us than what we are able to perceive with our own human minds. God says that we should perceive with faith the things that He is able to do through us, the strength that He empowers us with, and His energizing Holy Spirit.

Think back to the story of Joshua and the Israelites who had to cross over the river Jordan. Joshua told the priests to take the Arc of the Covenant and start walking in front of the people. He said that the moment they step into the river, the water would part and they would be able to pass on dry land. Now I'm sure that as soon as Joshua said that, a lot of the priests had questions about Joshua's command. I'm sure a lot of them wondered if Joshua knew what he was talking about. But regardless of those questions they had, they still obeyed. As they held the Arc of the Covenant and reached the shore of the river Jordan, they began to walk into the river. The moment they stepped into the river, the waters immediately parted for them. If they had never stepped into that water, the river would have never parted. But in spite of the questions they had, they still stepped into the water by faith and as a result, God parted the Jordan River.

So sometimes you may be afraid of your challenges, or you may think you're not good enough to overcome them. But in spite of all those fears, keep walking in faith and eventually your faith will replace those fears. Keep walking on those waters regardless of how stormy the winds are, and God will deliver you from your circumstances.

But let's say you've done what Peter did in verse 30. Let's say you paid attention to the winds, got discouraged, and started sinking. When Peter began sinking, he cried out to the Lord and asked Jesus to save him. In verse 31a we read, "Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him." So the moment Peter cried out to Jesus, He immediately grabbed onto Peter and held him. Jesus will not allow you to be destroyed when you cry out to Him. So always remember that the Lord is on your side. But the only way to victory is by faith and actions of faith. Keep walking above the waters of your circumstances in spite of how difficult the problems may be. Keep your eyes upon Jesus and not the winds around you and then you won't sink. When you do that, Jesus will ensure you will become victorious. So today, let us be people of faith rather than people of doubt, and let us walk upon stormy waters with faith as we focus on Jesus.

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