“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side…” (Matthew 14:22)
Isn’t it interesting that the disciples ended up in the middle of a horrible storm, fearing for their lives because they obeyed Jesus? Pretty often I think we believe it should work the other way – I obey Jesus and everything in life is calm and predictable. Why would Jesus intentionally send them into a situation He knew would be beyond their resources to handle or resolve? And why would the Lord invited the impetuous, impulsive Peter to attempt to walk on water?
“When they found him on the other side of the lake, they asked him, ‘Rabbi, when did you get here?’” (John 6:25)
Whoops! The crowd lost track of Jesus which panicked them a bit. However, they were willing to follow the “bread crumbs” to Capernaum to find him and when they did they were mystified about how he had made the trip so they asked about it. As Jesus often did, he did not answer their question but spoke to their motivation (perhaps to get their attention) and then taught them.
The lesson was the same for both the disciples in a boat and a crowd on the shore: “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
In preparation for our time of study this Sunday, let me encourage you to read the following verses:
- Matthew 14:22-33 – some are not looking for a miracle; but get one
- John 6:15-29 – others are looking for a miracle; but don’t get one
“Please God, do anything in my life You need to do to make You my greatest desire.”
God may use a storm to answer that prayer.
“Lord, if you want to use me in any way today, I am available.”
Love God – Love Neighbor – Lead Others