Is your Storm > Faith?

Yes, you read that right. The storm is often greater than our faith. Especially when we are brand new to having faith.  That’s the awful truth and reality of life and all that we go through. We know in our hearts that God is good and trustworthy, but when we look up and realize the intensity of the waves and the wind, fear can strike us and paralyze us. The more we grow in our maturity of faith, the goal would be to have faith unshakable. Trust that conquers all storms. But we don’t start there. It’s a trait given to us only by the Holy Spirit. It is not in our nature to go through storms without fear. We first have to know God and His character, and then we can grow our trust. 

Today in my reading plan:

• 2 Samuel 1

• Psalm 140

• Matthew 14

{{ By the way, It’s always exciting to get to a new book in the OT. I’ve never read this far. So I am really thankful for a lot of grace this year as I journey through the Bible. It hasn’t been perfect, but it’s not meant to be. If you’re ready to read the Bible every day, join our Year Of Grace 2017 Bible Reading Group }}. 

Today my verse is Matthew 14:31, however, I feel I need to share the context. So, here’s the context. 

Matthew 14:14-33 ESV

(English Standard Version)

14 When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. 15 Now when it was evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a desolate place, and the day is now over; send the crowds away to go into the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “They need not go away; you give them something to eat.” 17 They said to him, “We have only five loaves here and two fish.” 18 And he said, “Bring them here to me.” 19 Then he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass, and taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing. Then he broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. 20 And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of the broken pieces left over. 21 And those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. 26 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. 27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
28 And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29 He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. 33 And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Wow. So that’s a lot to take in. Let’s observe. Keep in mind this is immediately after Jesus has been told John the Baptist had been headed (v 1-13). 

• Jesus heals the sick & shows compassion 

• Jesus feeds the 5,000 using only a few loaves of bread and a few fish!!! 

• The disciples leave on the boat 

• Jesus sends the crowd home after a day of healing and miracles, then he goes to pray by himself. 

• A mighty storm brews while Jesus’s disciples are at sea, so Jesus walks out to the boat during the storm!!! 

The disciples are afraid, thinking Jesus is a ghost, Jesus responds “do not be afraid”. 

• Peter needs proof, so Jesus tells him to walk out to Him. 

• Peter walks out towards Jesus, on the water, but he realizes how terrible the storm is, sees the wind, becomes afraid and begins to sink. 

• Jesus asks why Peter doubted? “Oh you of little faith”

• The disciples (Finally??!!!) realize Jesus is the Son of God and they worship Him. 

A: Application 

Why did Peter doubt that Jesus would keep him safe? He had literally just that day witness Jesus making the miracle of feeding more than 5,000 people with a few loaves of bread and fish!! Plus, Jesus healed the sick! My goodness, we really can pick Peter apart here. However, we can really relate to this if we stop and think. We are so much like Peter.

How many times does God answer prayer and the very next “storm” we encounter, we completely forget God’s faithfulness?? 

Can you imagine Jesus speaking to you, “oh you of little faith, why did you doubt me”. OUCH. And yet, we all know there have been times where we saw the storm, became afraid, lost our sight and sank!! So, how do we get through the storms of life and assure our faith > the storm? We keep our eyes focused on Jesus, we keep walking, we don’t focus on the storm- we focus on our Savior.

There’s no getting around the fact that life is difficult. We have hardships, disease, death, loss, uncertainty.. and the list goes on and on. 

We can sink in the paralyzingly fear of the unknown, or we can walk with Jesus and keep our eyes focused on Him. 

What does this look like? It may look a little different for each of us, but there are some core concepts. 

• Prayer & Daily time with God

• Bible study

• Scripture Memorization

• Fellowship with other Christians 

• Following the love actions of Christ (serving, sharing, giving, etc) 

Ask God to help you grow your faith and make it solid. Be prepared for battle, Satan will do whatever he can to deter us from the path and faith life God has for us. Satan loves to fill us with fear. Remember that true love casts out all fear! (1 John 4:18) 

Dear God,

Please forgive us when we take our eyes off you and focus on the storm. We are more reactive to fear than the Word and Promises of God more times than we’d like to confess. Forgive our little faith and doubts. 

Grow our faith. Help us to become disciplined in walking with you. Help us to cling to you and reject fear. Lead us and compell us to follow. 

Let our faith be something that others can see and wonder how we can go through life storms and not be shaken. Give us opportunities to share YOUR HOPE. You are the hope of the world. 

Thank you God, 

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

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