Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Day 36: Walking on water - Matthew 14:22-36

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Jesus walked on water to prove He was the Son of God. Many of us are like Peter, the disciple, in that we sometimes have doubts about God especially if someone we love has been told that they are dying. It doesn’t seem that our prayers are being answered. During these times, we may start to sink. Yet Jesus always reaches out to us especially when we are low. When we put our faith back in Jesus, we will be grasped by Him and put back afloat on calmer waters.
-Elliot Gehres

Dear Heavenly Father, please help us keep our faith in You. Keep our family and friends together as long as we live only to be received into heavenly peace. Amen
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