Faith

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Remember how Jesus controls the storms? Look at Mat 14:22-33 (below). First, we see that Jesus ‘constrained’ these men to get into the ship and embark on a journey across the sea. Jesus knew exactly what the men would face. He knew they would soon be in a storm.

These disciples were men accustomed to the sea, and they were accustomed to reading the signs the sea offered them. I believe they could see a storm brewing on horizon. They could have refused to get in the ship, but they were obedient. Their obedience led them into the teeth of this storm.

When life is “smooth sailing” we tend to forget about our reliance upon God. Our human nature tends to rest in our own strengths. That’s when God reminds us that He is still in control. Sometimes, it takes a storm.
BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE!!

It wasn’t until the disciples were in the middle of the storm, in the darkest hour of the night, that they saw miracles. When others would have given up, Jesus came to them. Think about the miracles they saw, which they never would have seen if they were not in the storm:

  1. Jesus walking on the water. A man walking on the surface of the water is a tremendous miracle! Were they not in this storm, they would have missed it!
  2. Peter walking on water. Now, it’s one thing for God to walk on water, but Peter wasn’t God. Jesus commanded Peter to come to him and Peter was obedient, had faith and walked on the waves. Yes, Peter’s faith wavered, but still, if only for a few steps, Peter walked on water.
  3. Peter was rescued. Even in his wavering faith, The Lord was there to lift Peter up as Peter sank in the waves. If Jesus walking on water was a miracle, how much more of a miracle was Peter being carried by a man walking on water!
  4. The storm ceased. Jesus is the master of the storm and at Jesus’ bidding, the storm ceased

So, the next time you’re in a storm, remember who the Master of the storm is.

Matthew 14:22-33 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone. But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

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Esther 9:29-10:3 Then Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew, wrote with all authority, to confirm this second letter of Purim. (30) And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth, (31) To confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed, according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry. (32) And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim; and it was written in the book. (10:1) And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea. (2) And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the declaration of the greatness of Mordecai, whereunto the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia? (3) For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren, seeking the wealth of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.

God’s will has been completed. Esther and Mordecai were willing to do whatever God needed them to do. Because they were willing, God was able to use them to save an entire nation of people. Meanwhile, Haman did not want to honor God. Because of Haman’s sin, thousands of people were killed. Who do you honor today? Do you want to serve God? Are you willing to do whatever God may want you to do? Sometimes, it will be hard. Sometimes, people will give you a hard time for serving God. Are you willing to serve Him despite all of this?

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