I am sure you are seeing where this is headed…We are wrapping up Matthew 14 today in a little mini series within our Lent study. I am having read through most of Matthew 14 as a review of where Jesus has been and what we have studied the last few days…
Here is a review:
- Jesus is grieving the death of John the Baptist, and was seeking some time alone.
- When Jesus arrived to His ‘solitary place’ there was a crowd there waiting for Him. He didn’t let His grief keep Him from displaying love and compassion to those there.
- Jesus spent time with them, He met their needs and fed them from the 5 loaves and 2 fish….What seems insufficient in our eyes, doesn’t stay that way in the hands of God.
- Jesus sent everyone on their way and went up the hillside to pray alone and spend time with the Father…..Honey, if Jesus needed alone time with the Father then so do you.
So here we are today…All of this has already happened in Matthew 14, but when Jesus leaves His time alone with the Father, He realizes the boat was well out into the water and the waves were high from the wind. He walked on the water to get to them, our time alone with the Father equips us to do incredible things for the Kingdom of God. Jesus was weary and tired I have no doubt after all that had happened to Him in what looks like about 24 – 48 hours. His time alone with the Father encouraged Him, renewed the spirit within Him to help Him to continue His ministry. When Jesus stepped out to walk on the water the waves were high the wind was blowing and well, it was dark.
The disciples were afraid, actually terrified as scripture tells us…they did not realize that it was Jesus, but then Jesus calls to them in verse 27, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Peter comes out on to the water with Jesus and walks on the water…but when Peter begins to fear he begins to sink. There is so much coming to my mind as I am reading these scriptures and thinking of all the applications that these verses can truly teach us, but lets tie it all back to our time alone with the Father…
- Jesus knew time alone with the Father needed to be a priority.
- Just like the loaves and the fishes…when we bring our time to God and give Him our best and first it may seem insufficient in our eyes but remember…What seems insufficient in our eyes, doesn’t stay that way in the hands of God.
- My favorite…Honey, if Jesus needed alone time with the Father then so do you.
- Lastly, Our time alone with the Father equips us to do incredible things for the Kingdom of God.
Peter wanted to come out on the water with Jesus, but His fear got the best of Him. How often are we like that when we approach God’s Word? Our fear gets the best of us and we are left sinking. Sometimes we approach God’s Word in fear that we will not understand, or that other things in our life take precedence over God’s Word, whatever it is that keeps us from being alone with God in His word daily is the fear that causes us to sink when we step out onto the water. What does Jesus tell Peter? Verse 31 “Immediately Jesus reach out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Jesus doesn’t want us to doubt His power and ability because it is far beyond what we can understand, but our faith has to be bigger then our fear. When we step out on the water in faith God will see us through, God will equip and teach us as we spend time with Him…but we can’t be afraid to step out in faith and spend time alone with the Father.