Sunday, June 9, 2013

In the Midst of the Storm

I was reading Matthew 14:22-33 this last week, and was in complete awe as I read
this passage from scripture!
"Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, "It is a ghost!" and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, "Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid." And Peter answered him, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water." He said, "Come." So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to  sink he cried out, "Lord, save me!" Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?" And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God."

The reason I was so awed in this, was because this applies to our real lives... not that the other passages don't! But, let's look closely!
Jesus didn't CALM the storm to grab onto Peter's hand! He grabbed his hand in the MIDST of the storm! What a great God! Notice, how the Bible says, "Immediately."... Jesus "Immediately" reached out His hand...
I was thinking about how this applies to our lives. God is there beside us, holding onto our hand. He never leaves our side! He grabs our hand in the midst of the storm, and walks us through our daily trails! It's up to us, to let Him guide us! We must have faith!
"Now Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen..."
~Hebrews 11:1~

"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it."
~1st Corinthians 10:13~

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