Readings: Psalm 97, 99, Jeremiah 17:19-27, Romans 7:13-25, Matthew 14:24-36
From Matthew 14:24-36 - Amidst a storm on the sea, Jesus comes to the disciples walking on the water. He tells them not to be afraid. Peter thought he was ready. He asks Jesus: "Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water" and in he goes. At first he is doing fine. His eyes are fixed on Jesus and he walks towards him, then he focusses on his fear of the wind and waves, and down he goes. Jesus is there to lift him up and bring him into the safety of the boat. As they board the wind ceases and the sea is calm. Too often, we like Peter are raring to go where Jesus would have us, but we too get overcome by the storms of life, by the obstacles the enemy hurls at us to erode our faith and build our fear. Jesus beckons us as he beckoned Peter to focus on him, remaining in his will, and walking with him. Do we sometimes forget this and let doubt overcome us? I do. Lord I do believe in you, help me in my times of doubt, when the fear rises up, when I fix my gaze on the storms of life, rather than you and the peace you bring when I acknowledge you are in charge, you care for me (you care for us) and have purpose for each of us that is best realized remaining in your will and in your abiding love.
Build our faith Lord Jesus we pray. Amen.