Peter experienced the ride of a lifetime in Matthew 14 when he walked on water. The Sea of Galilee is only 13 miles long & 8 miles wide. That is about an hour boat ride in nice conditions. Here we find the disciples, a few who are experienced fishermen, at 3 am (14:25) only having rowed about 3-4 miles (John 6:19). They were being beat by the storm.
We can become beaten down by life's storms
- In the middle of a divorce, battered by guilt
- In the middle of debt, battered by creditors
- In the middle of a recession, battered by bailouts and layoffs
- In the middle of child-raising, battered by frustration
- In the middle of church work, battered by people
14:22, 25-26--Jesus, sometimes, sends us into the storm, b/c that’s where his glory is made known.
14:28-29--Storms force us to Action
Peter never would have had the opportunity or the thought to ask this during the calm. Think about Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Just look at the subtitle.
- It is the unexpected trials of life which can bring us the coolest life experiences.
- Its easy to get stuck in a routine. Storms prompt us to take unprecedented journeys
14:30--During the Storms we can lose Focus
Peter was doing just fine. Maybe he walked a good distance, we don't know. But then something interrupted his attention; a wall of water or the flash of lightning. When he took his eyes off Jesus he began to sink. When we focus on the waves of worry, the flash of fret, the whipping winds of change we will sink in the storm. What's the point of worrying?
- It can't change the situation (Mt 6:25)
- It only produces anxiety
- It pushes trust in God out of the equation (Mt 6:26-27)
- All it leaves us with is high blood pressure and then we worry about that
14:31-32--The Key is to Learn from the Storms
We cannot prevent the storms from coming but we can control how we react to them. It is our duty to learn from them. If you think about it Jesus is the one who sent them into the storm (14:22). Why? Because he had something to teach them. What is God trying to teach you in your life?