Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
- When the disciples saw Christ walking on the water toward them and were afraid, Jesus did not identify Himself by name. The disciples had spent enough time with Him to be able to recognize His voice in the dark. The question is, do we spend enough time with Him to do the same when we are in dark places?
- It is okay to ask God for the faith to believe…God answers honest prayers.
- If we refuse to ask God for the impossible it’s because we are too concerned about what others think. We should ask, even knowing that others will remain in their fear.
- God’s redemptive faithfulness will save us from others’ evil intentions for us, from our own sin, or even from circumstances of our own making. We can cast ourselves on Christ’s faithfulness, trusting in His ability and willingness to save us and supply all our needs.
- As believers, others are watching to see how we handle the disappointments and heartaches that come in life. Do we give sacrificially even in the midst of our own great need? Do we live with joy in the midst of pain and suffering? Do we trust and follow Christ even when we’re in the dark?
We pray, Lord, that everyone in this church has their faith tested, that they might give while in need and learn the overwhelming blessings You hold for them. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.