Thursday 7 August, 2014

Matthew 14:22–33

22 Right away Jesus made the disciples get into the boat. He had them go on ahead of him to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. Then he sent the crowd away. 23 After he had sent them away, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. 24 The boat was already a long way from land. It was being pounded by the waves because the wind was blowing against it. 25 Early in the morning, Jesus went out to the disciples. He walked on the lake. 26 They saw him walking on the lake and were terrified. “It’s a ghost!” they said. And they cried out in fear. 27 Right away Jesus called out to them, “Be brave! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, is it you?” Peter asked. “If it is, tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” Jesus said. So Peter got out of the boat. He walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when Peter saw the wind, he was afraid. He began to sink. He cried out, “Lord! Save me!” 31 Right away Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “Your faith is so small!” he said. “Why did you doubt me?” 32 When they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those in the boat worshiped Jesus. They said, “You really are the Son of God!”

This is a very familiar passage, but a different thing jumped out at me today. When the disciples saw Jesus walking across the water they were terrified. Jesus spoke to them “at once” saying “It’s alright. I’m here. Don’t be afraid.”.

This reminded me of what a parent would say to a frightened child. “It’s okay, Mummy/Daddy’s here”. The child’s knowledge of the parent’s presence is immediately comforting and reassuring and banishes fear, and the child will usually run to the parent and cling to them.

Jesus cares for us so much! When I’m afraid, I need to remember that He is with me “at once” and “always. Even to the end of the age” I need to invite Him in to the situation, (run and cling to him) and be comforted by His presence. THEN I can have the faith to walk on water.

Lord Jesus thank you for loving me so much that you care about all of my fears. Help me to know that you are there no matter what is happening. Help me to run to you, cling to you, and then in the knowledge of your presence, have life changing faith. Amen

Written by Megan Cornell

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