"The Way Through the Waves"
Our spiritual enemies seek always to discourage us, directing our focus to challenging circumstances, situations, and conditions rather than the Lord who enables us to walk upon the wind-tossed waves of life's challenges.
"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" (Matthew 14:25-31).
We must apply the truth of this amazing episode to our own hearts. The Lord Jesus walks upon the roiled seas of our lives. "These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). He beckons us to walk unto Him and with Him by our "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2). This involves confidence in His involved presence - "It is I, be not afraid" - and the obedience of faith whereby we "come down out of the ship" to walk where it seems that no pathway exists. Just as God promised to Israel, "I will even make a way in the wilderness," so He assures us that we can come to Him and walk with Him as we look to Him (Isaiah 43:19).
The waves of our lives confront us in countless forms, degrees, and measures. All serve the nail-scarred Feet that walk upon them. They serve us as well when we set our gaze upon the Author and Finisher. "Look at the waves!" cry our enemies. "Look unto Me" calls the Lord (Isaiah 45:22). The choice is ours, based upon the way that is His, the way through the waves unto the Lord Jesus, and then with Him as we maintain our gaze on the One of whom the disciples so rightly declared, "Even the winds and the seas obey Him!" (Matthew 8:27).
"Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me."
Weekly Memory Verse
In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."
(I Thessalonians 5:18)