Why am I in a storm?…. I was doing what Jesus said to do…right?? Why did God let this happen?? Is God doing this to me? What did I do to deserve this? I bet Peter thought all that too, as he was bailing water out of the boat he had been told to get into! I bet Peter was little “confused” as Peter and his friends had obeyed Jesus right?, and left without Jesus as told!… And Jesus had only told them go to the other side in the boat! Read this story told in Matthew 14:22-34;
Jesus did not EVER send them to the storm but “to go the other side” … The devil brought the storm to hinder, and detour their “intended” path that “he could see” they were on. And Peter knew how to navigate a boat over this lake very well as a fisherman, and had dealt with storms his whole life as a fisherman… So he would usually feel safe in a boat..and “self confident” on the water.
And Jesus had never told Peter before, to go do anything in a boat that did not happen for his good before… So what happen this time…what was different ?
I’ll tell you…. This time it was not about Peter…it was about who was on the other side! And so that we who can now read this story, can learn that without Jesus “we” can do no thing! (John 15:5)
The really cool thing I notice is Jesus was “already” walking out to them …He was not on shore waiting until they called for Him. He was there right on time to do what was needed!
And when the question arose from Peter.. Lord if it be you? Then bid me come ( Mat 14:28 )… Peter the only fully humane known to ever walk on water, got out “on” the promise of the voice “he recognized”!…BUT notice… He did not “ask” Jesus come get in MY boat! Think on that! And He was a fisherman! He trusted boats of His choosing! …But this was a crazy storm!
But Peter was only one who recognized that if Jesus said it …then it was always possible, and more importantly …. “It was ALWAYS better to be in the presence of Jesus than be in “any” place of security of His own choosing! ” Think about that… Even if that is OUT on the water, without a boat in the midst of a storm!
So here is Peter the only known human to defy law of gravity and walk on water…and it says he only “started to sink” and could still utter the words help me without gurgling water! And Jesus who,was ” incarnate presence of God” as Word was God and Word became flesh! (John 1:1, vs:14)…and so Jesus fulfilled the words that NEVER change! …
Isa59:1Kjv-“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:” Then Jesus placed Peter in the boat, and THEN got in with him… “for the others he had also sent”…..Bringing “His faith” to “their assistance”! To fulfil the words spoken! … “Go to the other side” as God intended them!
Jesus does NOT speak to send you…and then see if He can “tempt” you to stop…. because the word always sent is fulfilled!
Isa 55:11Amp-“So shall My word be that goes forth out of My mouth: it shall not return to Me void [without producing any effect, useless], but it shall accomplish that which I please and purpose, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.”… Peter was learning to trust…That If Jesus said it…it will be!
And it is against God’s nature to tempt you! James 1:13Amp- “Let no one say when he is tempted, I am tempted from God; for God is incapable of being tempted by [what is] evil and He Himself tempts no one.”….You must know that about God YOUR Father!
And settle it now in your mind and heart! Do not forget it! Because you never know who may be waiting for YOU to arrive on the other side of the storm “sent” by the devil!… As the wind was “against” them (Mat14:24) Why? To keep “them” , or you from God’s intended plan for you to “walk” in!! (Eph 2:10.)
God never changes! Mal 3:6, And Jesus never changes Heb13;8… And Holy Spirit is “sent” to be WITH you always “forever”! (John 14:16 ) He is already SENT to be “near you” … in you! (Gal 4:6)…to be your deliverance “over.”.. EVERY weapon formed.. “against” you! (Isa 54:17) The devil “formed waves” by a contrary wind “against” them…. And Jesus kept the enemy “under” His feet! Hallelujah!
And Jesus “helped imperfect Peter” do the same! Teaching Peter only rely on Jesus, and what a “little” faith could do, and also Jesus go in boat…So “they” could “ALL” get to the other side, just as He told them ALL to do! Thank you Jesus! You never change!
Lord help me get to the other side so I can “introduce” someone else “who is waiting” to know the “presence” of the “peace” of Jesus, that is always there WITH you in YOUR storm..Why? To “KEEP you” (John 17:11-12 red ink) walking out His “intended” plan you read in Eph 2:10! And WITH all power OVER the enemy! (Luke 10:19).
Don’t let the devil “convince” you, (or confuse you) ..that your “under” the circumstances, or that God did it to you!…With Christ in YOU…You are a Child of God, and that makes you an OVER come’er!
Seek to stay in the presence and you can always walk over those weapons formed against you!
Jesus will always be there to hold your hand to fulfil His plan for you (Isa 41:13)…..
Stand on ALL the promises that are yes and amen! (2Cor 1:20) And then notice that God “His nature, the essence of who He is, and how He “ALWAYS ” acts” for His chosen and never changes! Like His word He never changes…God, Jesus, Holy Spirit does not change! … Like Peter you can hear and, recognize the voice… Jesus knows you!! (John 10:27 )
Therefore you can walk it out!..Just follow His directions given you! … Go the way He says…But remember He said this too!… in THIS world you will have trouble…But be of good cheer!! Why? LOOK! ….
John 16:33Amp-“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” …
And we are reminded again in 1John5:18 Amp! Says.. Shall not harm you! Amen! And God is never the creator of confusion but of Peace! He said so! For us too!(1Cor 14:33)
So You CAN always keep walking confidently …. even in a storm! Just…
“Walk” clearly on the narrow road…. And stay in the light! Pastor Ernie