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Weathering the Storm (Part 3 of 3)

 
        





Matthew 14:30-36
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. 33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, of a truth thou art the Son of God. 34 And when they were gone over, they came into the land of Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; 36 And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.

Peter began to sink because he took his eyes off of the Lord. Matthew 14:30 says, “That when he saw the wind boisterous he began to sink, he was afraid;” Every time I took my eyes off the Lord and focus on the storms raging in my life I found myself begin to sink into a pit of discouragement, and fear. Discourage because my prayers seem to fall on death ears, and fearful that God wouldn’t come through. The more I focus on the storm the more discourage I became.  The sense of helplessness does bring fear.

I was loosing faith in God’s word, as the enemy seemed to scream into my thoughts, “God doesn’t care, you are not right with God.” The biggest question was with everything already falling apart in my life, what was I afraid of? I believe I was afraid of losing control, although I wasn’t in control in the first place, God was. Like Peter we are not alone in the storm, Jesus walks with us in the midst of the storm. It was Jesus, not Peter that supernaturally enabled him and divinely helps us to walk through a storm.

The other friends or companions in that boat, could only speak words of encouragement to Peter, but not one of Peter’s friend threw him a rope or a helpful hand. Some may have been fearful and all seemed incapable of helping Peter in this waging storm. Some of these men were fishermen like Peter and was familiar on how to respond during a storm. However, Peter friends like ours may have our best interest at heart, but telling us what we should do, giving direction or advise, is futile when you are going through a storm in your life, only God can guide us through the storm. Even Peter’s ability to tread water and swim couldn’t help him, no more than our abilities can help us in the storm. Then what does help? Faith! 

Remember Peter asked to come to Jesus in verse twenty-eight. Whenever we ask to come to Jesus, to draw near Him, to walk in supernatural faith there will always be opposition. Opposition is an opportunity to receive a blessing and an increase our faith.Peter cried out saying, “Lord save me.” When Jesus saw him frantically attempting to save himself, Jesus did nothing. But, as soon as Peter realize he couldn’t save himself, no more than we can, Peter said, “Lord save me” (Matt. 14:30).

In Matt: 14:31 the scripture says immediately Jesus stretched forth his hands, and caught him. It wasn’t until Peter asked, that Jesus responded. Jesus said to Peter, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Storms come to keep us from getting to where God wants us to be. We can give up, and turn back to the things of the world, we can be angry with God, or we can walk to Jesus in the midst of the storm, trusting His word and keeping our eyes on him, knowing that this storm shall cease, and our faith shall be increase.

What was waiting for them on the other side of the storm? A great opportunity to minister to them that was diseased and afflicted. In the place God has for you after the storm is a place of restoration and healing.

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