Matthew 14 reminds us that sometimes in life, we need to face difficult situations in order to learn and grow. Just like Peter, we need to step out of our comfort zone and trust in God’s power to carry us through.
And Jesus said, ‘Come.’ And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, ‘Lord, save me.’Matthew 14:29-30
If you never had a sunken ship, you wouldn’t need to learn to walk on water.
When Peter saw Jesus walking on water, he asked to join Him. At first, Peter walked on water just like Jesus did. However, he began to sink when he focused on the wind and the waves instead of Jesus. But the fact remains, if Peter had never left the boat, he never would have had the opportunity to walk on water. In the same way, if we never experience setbacks, failures, or difficulties, we will never grow in our faith.
It’s in our struggles that we learn to trust God’s power and to step out in faith.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.Romans 5:3-5
So, if you find yourself in a difficult situation, remember that it may be an opportunity to grow and learn. Trust in God’s plan, and know that He is with you every step of the way.
It was not for Jesus that this happened, but for us.
When Peter stepped out of the boat, Jesus was not in danger. He had complete control over the wind and the waves and there was never any danger. However, He allowed Peter to walk on water so that we could learn from it. Jesus showed us that with faith, we can overcome any obstacle, even the impossible.
As Christians, we should always strive to follow Jesus’ example. When we face challenges, we should trust in God’s power and have faith that He will carry us through. We should be willing to step out of our comfort zone and take risks, knowing that God is with us every step of the way.
If we cry out, immediately Jesus reaches out and saves!
When Peter began to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” and immediately Jesus reached out and saved him. This is a powerful reminder that no matter how difficult our situation may seem, we can always call on God for help. He is always ready and willing to save us, and all we have to do is ask.
So, if you find yourself in a challenging situation, don’t be afraid to cry out to God for help. Psalm 34:17-18 says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” We can trust in His power and His love to carry us through any difficulty.
In conclusion, your boat sank so you could walk on water…
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