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3) Matthew 14 - Jesus walks on the water
Matthew 14:22 - and straightway He constrained the disciples to enter into the boat, and to go before Him unto the
other side, till He should send the multitudes away.  Often we, too, find ourselves where we do because duty and
love to Christ puts us there, even though everything is not clear to us.

Matthew 14:23 - and after He had sent the multitudes away, He went up into the mountain apart to pray:  and when
even was come, He was there alone.  His very absence is part of our problem:  Jesus seems to us quite far away, so
far, in fact, that not only do we have only the slightest notion where He may be, but also it may seem that His
absence itself is evidence of impassive indifference to our needs, our desires, our fears, our dangers and our
prayers.

Matthew 14:24 - But the boat was not in the midst of the sea, tossed by the waves; for the wind was contrary.  Even
though we have Christ's orders to sail, we are not exempt from danger and trouble.  We must battle the elements
that constitute our life situation.  We should expect trials, because of the moral opposition that our existence and
preaching brings (John 15:18 through John 16:4).  Also, our moral weakness will plague us until the final victory,
even as the apostles fought their little faith and great fatigue that night.

For reasons known to Jesus, He does not always come to our aid when we most desire it, but in His own good time.

How often do others reduce Christ Jesus to a ghost, a delusion, produced by a lively imagination and projected
upon the minds of a gullible, superstitious mob?

Matthew 14:28 - And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee upon the waters.  
When the Christian experience is considered from a human standpoint, when the work of the Kingdom of God is
evaluated, human judgment must pronounce the whole thing as impossible as walking on the sea.

Matthew 14:30 - But when he saw the wind, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, Lord, save
me.  We must count the cost of our decision to undertake the impossible with Jesus.  We may not be able to foresee
certain dangers and threats before they arrive, but the relative certainty that we will face them should forewarn us to
dependence upon Jesus as we leap out to join Him.  In fact, it was when Peter shifted his confidence from Jesus to
his own frail powers that he went down.

Matthew 14:32 - and when they were gone up into the boat, the wind ceased.  In answers to prayers, even now He
comes to calm temporary storms in our lives.  One day He will wipe away every tear from our eyes.

Let us row against the wind and waves of our lives until we drop, not giving in to any of the temptations to give up
and coast with the current!  Let us continue, whether He rescues us in this life or not!  Let us continue to look for His
glorious coming.  Like He did walking on the water.
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