Scripture for today: Matthew 14
Country musician Randy Travis has a song entitled “The Storms of Life.” Part of the lyrics go, “The storms of life are washing me away.”
Maybe you can identify with that line. Maybe you feel the storms of life are washing you away. Life is filled with storms.
In Matthew 14, Jesus had told His disciples to cross to the other side of a lake. So they set out but in the middle of the night, a storm developed. Jesus walked on the water to the boat where the disciples were. When the disciples saw Jesus, they were terrified. They thought He was a ghost.
Peter even said, “Lord, if it is you, let me come to you.” So, Jesus told him to come and he took a few steps until he took his eyes off Jesus and he began to sink until Jesus rescued him.
At this time, the disciples were now convinced that Jesus was, indeed, the Son of God. They were amazed that Jesus could walk on the water. As Jesus approached the disciples He said, “Take courage; it is I, be not afraid” (Matt. 14:27).
The scriptures indicate that when the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, they became convinced that He was the Messiah! No ordinary person could walk on the water of the storms of life. Jesus had to be the Son of God.
Maybe you are going through some storms. It would be nice if there were none, but storms are a part of life.
Our family lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast for 12 years. The coast is a great place to live. However, if you live on the coast, you know that part of the experience is dealing with hurricanes. It means having boards cut that will cover the windows of your home. For some, it means having a generator. It’s part of life.
In the same way life is filled with storms. And we must be prepared for the storms of life. That may mean having some money set aside in an emergency fund. For many of us, it means having a faith that we can trust during the storms of life.
Storms are part of life but, the Lord promises to walk with us through them.
Gregg Potts is a writer and minister in Bartow County.