What do you do when a storm hits your life? You may get a bad medical report, or get fired from your job or maybe a close relationship is in trouble. For most people, when they encounter a storm, they react with fear, even panic, sending them into a maelstrom of worry as they imagine all sorts of harm and negative things happening to them. When we face a storm in life, we often worry about danger and sometimes even death, worried that we can’t cope, worried that we’ll drown.
But how did Jesus react to storms? To find out, let’s read the famous account of Jesus walking on water found in Matthew 14:22-33:
22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.
25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Notice that when Jesus faced a storm, he wasn’t afraid. Instead of being scared of the storm, he saw it as an opportunity to perform a miracle. When Jesus walked into a storm, instead of drowning, he amazingly, miraculously, walked on water.
As Christians, we are called to be like Jesus. When we face a storm, instead of being scared of drowning, we should see it as an opportunity to experience God’s miraculous power – as an opportunity to walk on water. Our storms are opportunities for God to do something amazing in our lives, as he empowers us to go through our problems with a grace that will amaze us and the world. So when you face big problems, when you face storms – don’t be afraid. Pray that God will do something amazing in your life and walk on water!
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