Friday, April 9, 2021

Matthew 14 Devotional Thoughts by Stephen Taylor

Matthew 14:25

Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.


The sea represented chaos, sin, and death; yet notice how Christ walked on top of it calmly! How He kept His eyes and spirit focused on God and how as long as Peter stayed focused on Jesus, he was able to stay above all the chaos as well!

I felt led to share this with you all as we are going through some tough and anxious times, but Jesus is saying, “Stay focused on Me, not the chaos around you, and I will guide you through!! He promises never to leave or forsake us!!! And as my mom always likes to say, “No word from God will come back void!!!” Those are truths we can hold tight to during these trying times!!

Luke 1:37: “For no word from God will ever fail.”

Give God all the glory and stay watchful in prayer! I love you all, and God bless!

 

Matthew 14:29

“Come," He said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

 

I woke up late and didn’t have my normal devotional time today, but this has been bouncing around in my mind and spirit all morning. To me, Peter’s failure here speaks more than if he would have succeeded. So often, I am looking at the problem instead of the Problem-Solver. Peter’s job wasn’t to make sure he walked on water or survived the storm, but only to listen, obey, and trust the Lord! To me, Peter had a victory by just getting out of the boat, and even though He sank, the Lord still saved him!

 

Jesus wasn’t any farther away from Peter when he started to sink. In fact, Jesus was closer to Him because it says He immediately reached out His hand and saved him. Peter was walking obediently in God’s will, so it didn’t matter that he failed because Jesus was right there to save him!

 

I say this to encourage you to step out of the boat and don’t be afraid to sink. The further you get away from the boat (what’s safe and comfortable), the closer you get to Jesus, and trust me, that’s where we all want to be! We all have a boat in a storm, and Jesus is saying, “Come”! The question is, will you step out?

 

Be bold, Be kind, Be humble, and be ready to fail because sometimes, our failure is what drives us to cry out to the Lord the loudest!!!

 

I love you all, God bless, and Glory to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!!!

 

Matthew 14:30

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"


I love the Apostle Peter. I’m like him in so many ways, bold and daring yet at times can miss the Truth or the point right in front of me. This is by no means a successful mission for Peter outside of the boat, and I imagine the walk back to the boat with Jesus was humbling, to say the least.

But the key is he got out of the boat. The boat represents everything that was comfortable and normal to Peter. He was a fisherman by trade, so a boat would have been like home to him. But many times, Jesus calls us out of these comfort zones so that we have to fully rely on Him, and that, my friends, can be a scary yet extremely blessed place to be!

Now, fast forward to after the crucifixion, and the disciples are out fishing again…

John 21:7: Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, "It is the Lord," he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.

Peter is back out of the boat and into the water with urgency and purpose. He knows that Jesus is waiting, and he isn’t going to miss his chance. The point isn’t whether he sinks or swims but that he was willing to get back out of the boat and go toward the Lord!

Jesus isn’t going to let you drown!!! Don’t let fear, doubt, or shame keep you in that boat, but rather jump out that boat and trust that the One who gave all for us will make sure you make it to shore!

What boats are you still in that the Lord is calling you out of? Put on your swimsuits and get in the water!!!

I love you all. God bless. Glory, Honor, and Praise today and forevermore to God Almighty, King Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

 

 

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