Finding Strength in Our Storms (Matthew 14:22-33)

We sang “there is sunshine in my soul today” and that is true no matter the storms that surround us. We draw closer to the one who guards our souls, who is greater than our pain. Mercy Me sings, “Bring the Rain.” If Christ will receive more glory in our lives in the midst of the storms, then, Lord, bring the rain!

In our passage today, we see various storms. Jesus, the storm on the sea, and the storm within the disciples themselves. These storms illustrate three places that our storms should take us.

Storms Bring Us to Prayer

This isn’t most obvious in this passage, where the storm on the sea and the fear of the disciples take center stage. But Jesus is also in the midst of a storm. What is this storm? Immediately before this, he has the roller coaster of John’s death, performing many miracles, and feeding the five thousand — who then want to make him King!

His storm leads Jesus to prayer. He separates himself and goes up to the mountain to pray. We see Jesus in his humanity. And in his humanity, he seeks to be alone with his Father in heaven. No one else knew his storm. God is the one who knows, and who sympathizes with us in our weakness.

The passage is full of “immediately” — when Jesus perceives the storm, he responds with quickness, because he must go to the Father.

Storms Bring Us to Peace

The first reason that we should have peace is one that Mark tells us about this event — Jesus saw them in the storm. And he sees us in our storms! He headed out and intended to pass them by, he wasn’t concerned about their storm. (Not that he didn’t care about them, but that this storm did not worry him.) You know when you can be concerned about your storm? When Jesus is!

As Jesus passes by, the disciples see him and they cry out in fear and he responds. “It is I, don’t be afraid.” He is quick to comfort his disciples, even in their fear — and even in the midst of their unbelief. In the midst of this fear, Peter is unbelievably bold, and responds in faith. He leaves the boat and walks on the waves towards Jesus, but the waves distract him and fear gets the better of Peter. As he begins to sink, Jesus is quick and powerful to rescue.

When Jesus enters the boat, the storm ceases. In our storms, we learn that it is Jesus who commands all our circumstances. The disciples are amazed at Jesus’ power to control the storm. And miraculously they were at their destination.

Storms Bring Us to Praise

Amazed at Jesus, the disciples worship him — both for their deliverance, but also for who he was: the Son of God.

As we encounter our own storms, the first question we should ask is, “Lord, what are you teaching me through this storm?” Is it going to take a horrific storm — must your soul be wrecked on the rocks — for you to acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God?

He’s everywhere all the time, yet we don’t open our eyes to him until we are in the midst of the storm. Know that Christ is with you, and sees you. Know that he is Lord of your storms, it is he who continues to intercede for us before the Father, and it is he who speaks PEACE!” 

Let us rejoice that we have so compassionate a Savior!

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