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Matthew 14:22-36

The Word of God

Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them. And early in the morning he came walking towards them on the lake. But when the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified, saying, 'It is a ghost!' And they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, 'Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.'
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, started walking on the water, and came towards Jesus. But when he noticed the strong wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, 'Lord, save me!' Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, 'You of little faith, why did you doubt?' When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped him, saying, 'Truly you are the Son of God.'
When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. After the people of that place recognized him, they sent word throughout the region and brought all who were sick to him, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.

Matthew 14:22-36
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    • The disciples were struggling at sea. Amid this heightened anxiety they were not able to recognise the Lord’s presence. Their anxiety had reached a point where they doubted it was him. Yet, the desire to believe compelled Peter to step out, and then his faith waivers again. Almost in contradiction to this doubt, we are told that the crowd, (not the chosen few) do recognise him and desire to reach out to Jesus. In both scenarios we have the consistent presence of God.
    • What are the struggles in your life at this moment? Amid these struggles can you see the hand of the Lord reaching out to you through the people around you? Take time to ask the Lord for the support you need from him at this time.
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    • Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid. I stay with these three words, hearing them addressed to me as I face my present struggles. The presence of Jesus reassures me, God is with me, with us, with his help I can overcome my fears.
    • Peter is once again one of us, our representative. Like him I start drowning if I let my eyes drift from Jesus to look at the menacing waves. I recall how often this happens to me, and, like Peter, I pray, ‘Lord, save me!’, and exclaim, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.’
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    • Only in Matthew’s account of this story do we have Peter’s reaction. “Lord, if it really is you, tell me to come to you across the water.” “Come!” Jesus says. Peter gets out of the boat and goes towards Jesus. It is an act of love and faith/trust. But not quite enough. The power of the wind and waves gets stronger than his desire to be with Jesus. He begins to sink. “Lord, save me!” Jesus lifts him up, “How little faith/trust you have!”
    • In these moments of prayer today bring those things in life that cause you to loose sight of Jesus and to sink. He is waiting for you to call out to him and to help restore calm in your life.
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    • Here is a dramatic revelation of how God cares for us in difficult situations. Jesus spends time praying alone, and surely he includes you by name. He knows where you are, what is happening to you, and when you need help. So Jesus comes close and speaks to you: ‘Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid’. Can you hear him in the roaring of the wind or are you fixated by the waves breaking over your little boat?
    • The disciples in their later trials would have remembered what happened next on the lake; how Jesus reached out and caught the drowning Peter; how he got into their boat and how somehow his presence made the wind die down. Jesus does the same for you, but less dramatically.
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    • Identify with the feelings of Jesus as he hears of the death of John the Baptist. What are his thoughts at this time? What is the content of his prayer? Make out a prayer that you think Jesus might have made.
    • Imagine yourself in the boat with the disciples and listen to what they say as the storm develops.
    • Listen to them as they observe the figure coming across the water!
    • Note how Peter’s trust slips when he turns his focus from Jesus to himself. Reflect on your own life and draw some conclusion.