Christ in the storm 2Matthew 14:29-32 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came towards Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!’ Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.

It’s amazing how God can move in our lives on a consistent basis but when we hit a rough patch, we drift toward panic? “What am I going to do? Is this the end? Does God care?” All before this happened we recognized the hand of God on our lives. Why did you doubt?

I’ve witnessed this myself. I’ve come from a background of poverty and dysfunction to a place where God has allowed me to thrive. There have been seasons of miracles and seasons of storms. Every now and then a prolonged season of storms has caused me to sink into a low place. One of friends prophesied to me, “God said to stop doubting him! It’s not what it looks like. Believe him that your situation is turning around!” Why do we doubt him?

Jesus was up on a mountain at night praying, when a storm broke out. He had sent the disciples over on a boat that got caught in a storm in the middle of the water. That’s scary! They were trapped in the middle. The wind was against them. They couldn’t make progress. So Jesus walks out on the water (only God can do this) toward the storm tossed boat.

They see Jesus walking on the water at night and think that it’s a ghost! Jesus said, “don’t be afraid it’s just me!” Peter said, “If it’s you, command me to come out there with you.” Jesus said, “Come on!”

Peter walks on the water! (Only God can enable you to do this) but when he sees the wind and the waves he starts sinking. Jesus has to grab him and get him in the boat. Jesus looks at Peter and says, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

He was doing something no other human had done and started sinking. Jesus was right there in front of him and he started sinking. Why did he doubt?

  1. He had enough faith to get out but not enough faith to stay up. It looks doable until you actually step out on faith. It’s sustainable as long as you stay focused on Jesus.
  2. He got distracted. He was experiencing a miracle but the storm hadn’t stopped yet. Jesus can be present but if we focus on the storm, doubt can enter.
  3. He had sense enough to cry out, “Lord save me!” When we get in over our heads we can still cry out, “Lord save me!” Jesus reached out and pulled him up.

Jesus calmed the storm and the disciples said, “He truly is the Son of God.” Maybe this storm in your life is to help grow up your faith and remove all doubt. This is not where you sink; this is where you swim. This is not where you go under; this is where you rise to the top. This is not where your numbers decrease; this is where you experience a surge. Stop doubting! He hasn’t brought you this far to let you drown. Reach up and grab his hand! Now walk on water again!

Dear God,

I will not doubt, for I know that you will surely bring me out. I’ve seen you do it over and over again. Bless those who are overwhelmed by storms. Get them back into miracle mode and open their eyes to see that it is really you. You’ve been there the whole time. Thank you for raising me up. Thank you for getting me to the other side of this storm!

In Jesus Name,

Amen