22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
The story in Matthew 14: 22-33 tells us a lot about Jesus and His care for His disciples.
📕A fearful situation arrived: It was night. There were high winds, crashing waves, and low visibility. For the disciples, who were on the sea in a small boat, the situation had reached crisis proportions, and Jesus was not with them. While they were dealing with the frightening weather, He was on the mountainside praying.
📕In the midst of the storm, perhaps the disciples thought Jesus had forgotten them.
📕This is what we, Christians, always think about when we are faced with persistent adversity, “has God forgotten and abandoned us? No, He does not abandon His children.
📕In the midst of the storm being faced by His disciples, He knew exactly where they were and what they were experiencing.
📕This is a privileged phenomenon. Jesus knows what we are experiencing everywhere we are. The present persecutions of Christians in Nigeria is not excluded. Though we cannot see Him physically, He is omniscient. He can identify where we are at every moment.
📕It is comforting to know that no darkness can hide us from Him; no trial can obscure His vision of us. We are always seen, known, and understood! God understands our situations in this country.
📕Leaving that place of prayer, Jesus sought out the disciples. And He will do the same for us in this dark and satanic world.
📕Even the Twelve did not recognize Him because He went to them by walking on the water. Note that Jesus often does not come in the way that we expect.
📕Sometimes, like the Jews of His time when He was on earth, we would want Him to come with all the heavenly mights, but He comes gently with unprecedented peace.
📕Our preconceived ideas of how He works can make us wonder where He might be and can blind us to how near He actually is.
📕In modern Christianity, adherents would want God to work in a particular way. They try to dictate for Him. They fail to know that God knows the best for His children.
📕 Experiencing Jesus´ presence in hard times can teach us precious truths. During an earlier rough sea adventure, the disciples had observed both Jesus´ trust in God and His authority over nature (Matt. 8:23-26).
📕In this latest storm experience, the disciples watched Jesus walk on water. Through the storms:
📍They learnt who Jesus was,
📍They also learnt what He could do, and
📍What their own potential was.
📕The presence of Jesus is therapeutic. It does not only give needed attention, it also gives calm and rest of mind.
👉 What adversity are you passing through now? Do not panic, do not fear, the presence of the Lord is with you. He knows the situation and He knows how to handle it for your benefits. So, trust and obey Him and see how it work out.
Shalom and Maranatha!