“The Storm”

“The Storm”

Matthew 14 tells the story of the storm on the lake.  I’m going to tell the story, but you should read it again, as it relates to our current times of uncertainty, and as it relates to this election cycle we are enduring.

The seasoned fishermen, all disciples of Jesus, had just been faced with the news that Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist, had been beheaded. These disciples then went from a low point to a high point, as Jesus fed 5,000 men, plus kids! The emotional swings those disciples felt were much like what we are facing today!  Honestly, I am not happy with the way most of the election decisions have gone in this state, and still we face uncertainty about our US Presidency (personal opinion).

So, back to the story … the disciples hopped in their fishing boat and rowed for the other side of the lake. (Jesus knew those 5000 that He miraculously fed thought they had found the gravy train …. Free food for life! They would want Jesus to feed them everyday!)

These fishermen, who had sailed these waters since they were old enough to walk, faced a storm on the lake like nothing they had ever seen! The Bible describes the scene this way: “But the boat was now in the middle of the sea tossed by waves, for the wind was contrary.” This was the mother of all storms, like nothing they had ever experienced.

Then came the “ghost scene.” The 4th watch of the night was a pre-dawn time. The disciples were exhausted. They were panicked. It was unsettling, to say the least. There was no land in sight! Then they saw Jesus walking on the waters in the middle of gigantic waves! “It is a ghost!” they cried out in fear.

Jesus spoke to them saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I, do not be afraid!”  Good old Pete declared, “Lord, If it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Jesus replied, “Come.”  Defying all logic, Pete walked on the water to go out and meet Jesus. Pete was actually walking on the stormy waves, in an incredible act of faith, defined in this story as a time of focusing totally on Jesus.  Then Pete looked around and saw how overwhelming the storm was, and the fear factor overwhelmed him. He cried out, “Lord, save me!”  Jesus caught Pete by the hand and rebuked him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

The application is this: I see our US political scene as pure chaos. I can watch FOX news, and honestly feel very upset! I don’t like what is happening to Colorado, politically. Our Presidency is uncertain. We have had Covid 19 junk up to the max, along with rioting, BLM, Antifa, etc. We are rowing in the middle of a storm.  

Simply put, “Don’t look at the storms … Look at Jesus, the Savior, the Healer, our Hope, and our Peace.” Keep your wits about you. Don’t panic. Jesus’ specialty is calming storms!

Pastor Stan