“Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Mt 14:31-33)
We are traveling on a cruise ship. It is Sunday morning and we are having church. Pastor Leigh preached from the Book of Matthew 14. He said that the Lord interacts with the crowds differently than with His disciples. He heals the sick and He provides food for the hungry. Satisfied that their temporal needs were met, most people go home. They do not remember to worship The Lord.
Then The Lord ‘constrains’ His disciples to go across the Sea of Galilee ahead of Him. A great storm comes over the Sea and the disciples fear for their lives. Then they see somebody walking on the waters, coming towards them. They panic the more, thinking that they’ve seen a ghost. The Lord calls them but they still doubt. Then Peter tells The Lord to call him to walk on the water. The Lord simply commands Peter: ‘Come!’ Peter walks few steps but when he removes his gaze from Jesus, he starts sinking. He cries for help and Jesus saves him. The Lord rebukes them for their little faith because it was mixed with doubt. Suddenly the wind dies down. They fall at the feet of Jesus and they worship Him. In that moment they believe that Jesus is the Son of the Living God.
What are the lessons? Any miracle of healing or provision that does not bring us to the place of worshipping The Lord, is a wasted opportunity to give glory to God. Peter made the mistake to remove his gaze from Jesus. He looked at the wind and the waves. That is why he started sinking. The lesson is that we must cultivate the long abiding gaze of faith towards the Lord Jesus Christ who is the creator of all things. Then we can walk on top of problems and any challenging circumstances with no fear of failure. We make progress where others draw back and run. Faith in Jesus is the key to holy success and spiritual progress!
The service ended with prayers and more praise. Glory to God!
(I took this picture from the window of our ship)