As we live in this amusing and desperate world and continuously strive to meet our daily needs, we mingle and tangle with people from different walks of life having different shores of understanding on both the physical and spiritual realities of life. The Holy Bible made us understand that we are special people, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation and peculiar people. But, this does not exclude us from the economic heat and political chaos the nation is faced with. We wake up each day to a different story on the media about increase in price of goods, tussle for political positions, poor educational system, decay of healthcare system and the list seems endless. This affects us directly or indirectly and we cannot ignore that fact.
The Holy Bible encourages us to be steadfast in prayer and have faith in God, He is just and knows every of our problems which he will heal us from. In Matthew 14 verse 22 Jesus after ministering to the multitude, constrained his disciples to get into a ship, to go unto the other side. This passage may be familiar but let’s learn a lesson from it. The multitude in this passage are the people of the world that we met on our daily life, the ship is the family of God, the disciples are the members of this family who are the God’s chosen (you and I), and Christ is our captain. We are on the ship going to the other side which is the life hereafter or eternity. My first question is, where do you belong? Amidst the multitude or on the ship? Verse 24 says “but the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves, for the wind was contrary.” On this journey of ours to the other side, even though we are God’s chosen and in the ship. We are still on the sea (in the world). There may have been many different and boisterous waves tossing your life, family, academics, business, career, relationship and everything is virtually crashing down yet, you seem to have no idea what’s going on. Sorrows may last all night but joy comes in the morning. And in the fourth watch of the night, there comes a man right before you walking on the water, the wind is not against him neither the waves, he is walking on the water and did not sink. You became puzzled and mused by what you see. The disciples were trouble saying it is a spirit but He answered saying be of good cheer it is I be not afraid. Peter was courageous to have asked Jesus to bid him to come over. Peter walk on the water but for a short time for when he has loss focus and took his sight off Jesus he became scare of the troublesome waves and begun to sink but was wise even to call for help.
At this point of the story, where do you picture yourself? Are you still on the ship arguing if it is a spirit or truly Jesus, have you lost sight of Jesus and begin to sink to death? Surprising, Jesus saw Peter sinking but did not help him. Not until Peter cried for help and amazingly, Jesus immediately reach out to Peter and caught him, “o thou of little faith, where forth didst thou doubt? … and the wind ceased”. Jesus is walking right through every wave that is tossing you around, he is right there with just a little faith it would work. All your troubles of yesterdays, your sickness, financial problems, the insecurity, the famine will ceased. If you believed.
Written by: Michael Bitrus