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The Storms of Life

The Storms of Life

Matthew 14:22-33

You may want to say that Peter was a little too emotional at times, and you might be right, but don't ever say that he didn't love Jesus or that he didn't trust Him, and don't assign to him some kind of silly motive for what he did here. People don't jump out of boats in the middle of the storm to walk on water to show off.

The thing that consumed Peter's heart was that he loved Jesus and sensed in His presence tremendous safety. He believed that if the Lord could walk on the water, he could to. Jumping into an environment that he could not control and of which he was in great fear was not a problem for Peter.

I like that in him. I like the fact that he knew he had no resources, and all he could think about doing was running to where Jesus was, even though it wasn't possible. He was consumed with wanting to get to Jesus.

I think that Jesus spent most of His ministry going down a road, and when He stopped, Peter would run into the back of Him. I just think that Peter was always there; he longed to be where Jesus was, tried to get as close to Him as he could, even in the time of a great storm.

All the while, the Lord is trying to build into that man the character that it is going to take to lead and to be the key and the catalyst in the first years of the history of the church.

I love that in him, and that's why he was the leader that he was. That's why he could lead the other apostles, and why he is the first name in the list of the apostles every time it appears in the Bible. He was the leader, and the closest to Jesus because he wanted to be there and longed to be there. There was security there, safety there, strength there.

That is as it should be, and I think he got out of that boat because he wanted to be with Jesus. He had seen enough of the power of Jesus Christ demonstrated and now, seeing Him standing on the water, he believed the Lord could help him walk too.

Have you ever walked on water? Have you ever tried something really crazy? Have you ever taken a risk? Have you ever just said I am going to trust God no matter what and leave the results to Him? What happened? Did God come through? Of course He did.

I believe life is and adventure. Furthermore danger is an inherent part of the journey. How often do we surrender our goals and dreams under the weight of our fears? The freedom we have in Christ is a wild and wonderful adventure filled with un-charted territory.

He wanted to be where Jesus was; his faith got him out of the boat, but he got into a situation unlike any other in his entire life. He had been in the boat in the storm, but he had never been out of the boat in the storm.

This is the whole point. We don't need to be taught what we already know; we need to be taught what we don't know yet. How do you build a man but by putting him in an situation he's never experienced, then showing yourself faithful, powerful in that situation so that now, he can trust You that much further, right?

Psalm 119:32 says, “I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.”

That is how life is supposed to work-running free into uncertainty excitement and risk. God formed us in His image and breathed His life into us. He created us with a passion to live free. Get out of your boat and live!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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