3 October 2019 -Matthew 14:27-30 (NIV)

3 October 2019 -Matthew 14:27-30 (NIV)

Scripture

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!”

Reflection

“Lord, if it’s you…tell me to come to you on the water.” Of the many things we can take from this passage, there are two I’d like to mention:

First, Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you.” How often do we hear the voice of Jesus? Are we even attuned to his voice and leading? (Be it through scripture, his actual voice, thoughts in prayer, prophetic words from a brother/sister in Christ). I have found that this is a muscle that needs to be exercised regularly to hear the nuanced voice of the LORD.

And secondly, when we do hear his voice, how willing are we to act upon it? Do you notice that the Lord did not tell Peter to get out of the boat and come to him? It was Peter’s suggestion to the Lord. Jesus just affirmed that suggestion! Many times we already know what we have to do, but it is faith in Jesus that gives us the power to act upon it. It is faith in Jesus when we begin to see miracles happen and the impossible overcome.

Thoughts for the day

  • What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
  • What does this passage tell you about humanity?
  • What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
  • How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
  • Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.

Prayer

Pray for wisdom, healing and peace across your home country.

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Josh Xiong - Worship Director
Joshua Xiong is the Worship Director at Shanghai Community Fellowship (SCF) and a graduate of Greenville University. He and his wife, Mai Kao, have three daughters and live in Shanghai, China.