Life and Ministry in Stormy Times

“Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.  He said, ‘Come.’ So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out…” (Matthew 14:28-30).

Brothers and sisters, does this text speak to us today?  I think it might in ways that perhaps we’ve not ever considered.  Peter and the rest of the disciples were being tested.  They were being drawn in, taught, and prepared.  They were being prepared to be the emissaries of Christ in the world–a world without the Christ they represented.  What an impossible task!  What difficulties would lie in front of this so-called “rag-tag” bunch of men.  They would be entrusted with the message of the Kingdom–a message that if they did not faithfully, boldly, and fearlessly deliver not one of us would be in Christ today.  Peter only knew one thing: he wanted to be where Christ was.  At that moment, Christ was standing in the midst of the storm.  And Peter wanted to be there with Him.  So he got out of the boat and HE WALKED ON WATER…did you see that in verse 29?  “So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.”  Don’t miss that!   Friends, following Christ’s orders often leads us into the midst of a fearsome storm which can only be endured with our eyes on Him.  Those storms have a way of drawing His children close to Him.

We are in the midst of difficulties in our nation.  Racial tensions flare up, the political landscape continues to erode, we live in days of moral degradation, uncertainty and danger surrounds us on every side.  Life in a sin-filled world has always been like this and it will always be like this.  These are not different times but rather it’s more of the same.  And our only hope is Christ.  We, as emissaries of Christ to a Christless world have been entrusted with the precious treasure of the Gospel message.  If we do not faithfully, boldly, and fearlessly deliver this message no one will be rescued.  So we, as Peter, must get close to Christ.  Let us cross hell and high water to get close to Christ.  Without Him we sink.

Brian Davis has provided his helpful thoughts in: “The Recent Shootings and What to Say this Sunday.”