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Who Walks With Us Through The Storms Of Life?

As we move into the month of April and start enjoying the warmer temperatures and added daylight of Spring, it is a great time for reflection. I recently gave a sermon on the passage in Matthew’s Gospel when Jesus walked on water. This event was relayed by Matthew (one of Jesus’ disciples) in the Gospel of Matthew and followed Jesus performing the miracle of feeding over five thousand people with “only five loaves of bread and two fish” (Matthew 14:17). Jesus was only getting started! After that, Jesus invited his disciples to take a boat across a lake (called the Sea of Galilee) while Jesus went to be alone and spend some much-needed time in prayer with his Father, God. Eventually, the disciples in the boat could no longer see Jesus. The wind came up and created dangerous waves. Somewhere between 3:00 and 6:00 am, Jesus walked on the water towards his disciples who had remained in the boat (Matthew 14:22-33). 

An interesting and unexpected twist happened when the disciples first saw Jesus walking on the water towards them. They were scared and jumped to the conclusion that they were seeing a ghost. “When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. It’s a ghost, they said, and cried out in fear.” (Matthew 14:26). Sensing his disciples’ fear, Jesus immediately reassured them. “But Jesus immediately said to them, take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” (Matthew 14:27). 

Then, Peter went from fearing a ghost to realizing he was seeing his loving Savior. “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water. (Verse 28) Come, Jesus said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.” (Matthew 14:29). Hearing the reaction of the disciples begs the question, how often does fear cause us to forget that God walks through the storms of life with us? In times of trouble, do I lose sight of Jesus and think Jesus is not with me or do I remember Jesus is always with me?

How often do we fearfully assume the worst instead of leaning into the love, power and support of a loving Savior? Are you hitting the inevitable storms of life and in need of encouragement? Would you like to know more about how a relationship with Jesus can sustain you through the many challenges of life? Do you already have a relationship with Jesus and it might be time to reconnect and strengthen it? If so, I encourage you to join a service at one of the Christian churches in the area. At Groveland Evangelical Free Church, we worship every Sunday at 10:00am and would love to have you join us!

In Christ Service
Pastor Bob Kandels

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