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Faith-Filled Friday: Focus on Jesus Not the Storm

December 28, 2018

Matthew 14:6-33 tells us several things about Jesus. I got the impression it was a rough day for our Lord.
Herod killed John the Baptist in order to please the daughter of Herodias for her dance. Herod made an oath to give her whatever she wanted. Why would a king be so foolish to promise anything for a simple dance? What dance could be worth a man’s life?
Jesus’ disciples heard about Herod beheading John and got his body to bury it. Then they had the sad task of telling Jesus. Verse 13 tells us that Jesus went off to a desert place. My thinking is that he wanted to be alone so he could grieve for his dear friend.
The people followed. Now when Jesus saw them, he had compassion on them. He could have yelled at them and told them to leave him alone. Instead he healed their sick. It got to be dinner time and instead of sending everyone away, Jesus told his disciples to gather up what little food they had and bring it to him. Jesus blessed the five loaves of bread and two fishes then gave the food to the disciples to pass around. There were about 5000 men in addition to the women and children.
Toward evening, Jesus ordered the disciples to take the boat and go the other shore while he sent the multitude away. After He sent them away, Jesus went up into a mountain to pray. I think he still needed His quiet time that He never got earlier.
Later, during the fourth watch which is between 3-6 am, Jesus walked on the sea, heading toward the disciples’ boat. The wind was contrary and the sea tossed with waves. Those on the boat saw what they thought was a spirit and cried out in fear. Jesus said, “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”
Peter responded, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.”
Jesus said, “Come.” He did not say Wait a minute, Peter, let me calm the wind for you. Or No, Peter, hold on. I want to make the water solid so you won’t sink. He simply said “Come.”
Peter got out of the ship and walked on the water toward Jesus. At first, he kept his focus on Jesus and ignored the boisterous wind and tossing waves. How far Peter walked before he lost focus is anyone’s guess. He saw the wind and fear took over. He started to sink and cried out, “Lord, save me.”
Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught Peter, and said to him, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
When Jesus and Peter got into the ship, the wind stopped. Those that were on the ship worshipped Jesus saying, “Of a truth thou art the Son of God.”
Always keep your focus on Jesus. And remember, Jesus said,
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

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