April 4, 2018 – Matthew:22-25

After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. Matthew 14:22-25.

What can we learn from this scripture?  First of all, Jesus prays to His Father.  What did the disciples do when in trouble from the wind and the waves?  What would you have done?   Would you have been swept away in the waves and given up?

What time did Jesus walk on the water toward them?  At three am! Jesus is with us during the night hours, when everything in our lives looks the darkest. When we walk with the Lord Jesus, we trust in Him.  He conquered death.

A wise teacher told me a simple way to know whom to follow and who to walk with in this life, is to ask a question. Does he still live, raised from the dead by God Himself?  One hymn’s lyrics includes these words: Moment by moment I’m kept in His love, Moment by moment I’ve life from above; Looking to Jesus till glory doth shine; Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine.

No matter how far away Jesus may seem to be when we are in trouble, in danger, or in despair, His five words give us hope. – Take courage, I am here.

When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” Matthew 14:26-27

 

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