Trusting in Jesus

Updated: Aug 20, 2020

August 9, 2020

Pastor Jennifer Stamm

Matthew 14:22-33

The story of Jesus walking on water appears in three of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, John.) But, only in Matthew do we also learn that Peter also walked on water! I wonder what that was like to witness. Can you imagine being in that boat out on the water and hearing “come”. Would each of us have the courage to step out of that boat into the rolling waves and walk?

Peter was criticized when he began to sink. But here is what we can learn from his situation. We need to keep our eyes on Jesus. Peter was walking on water and doing fine until he took his eyes off Jesus. When we are in a stormy, troubles times we need to keep our eye on Jesus. He is the calm in the storm that will carry us through if only we look to him. The second thing we can learn is to obey Jesus. Our country is in turmoil right now, we have sickness, fighting and unrest we are a country fighting itself. But if we listen to Jesus words in John chapter 15 “Love one another as I have loved you or the greatest commandment “Love the lord your God, with all your heart, soul and mind; and love your neighbor as yourself”. Think about what we could accomplish if each of us lived by those words.

Officer Holets is a father of four from Albuquerque, New Mexico. While out on patrol in September of 2017, Ryan came across a woman named Crystal Champ, and her companion Tom. When he found them, they were shooting up heroin behind a convenience store. Crystal was eight and a half months pregnant.

Concerned with the well-being of the unborn baby, Ryan tried to reason with Crystal. “You’re going to kill your baby,” he told her. The more they talked, the stronger Ryan felt God telling him to adopt Crystal’s baby.

“Tell her that you will do it,” he recalls “because you can.”

Three weeks later, Ryan and his wife became parents for the fifth time, when Crystal gave birth to a baby girl, fittingly named Hope.

But their story doesn’t stop there.

Rather than sending Crystal and Tom to jail for their drug use, Ryan used his own resources to help the two addicts get clean.

Over the next several months, both Crystal and Tom have undergone a 90-day rehabilitation program in which Tom has graduated and Crystal is on her way to graduating and getting back on her feet. Ryan and his family are the very essence of what it means to love your neighbor.

Officer Hotels kept his eyes on Jesus when Crystal was lost and hurting, he showed her Love and compassion. Think about how we as brothers and sisters in Christ can show that much love to our neighbors and keep our eyes on Jesus.

Imagine what would happen to our country right now if we stopped the name calling, placing blame on each other and fighting and followed Jesus words to love one another.

Circumstances can be frightening. When your boss calls you in and tells you the company has to downsize and they are letting you go, when the doctor calls you with the test results that are not good, when you open that letter from an attorney that says you are being sued, it can scare you. It can devastate you. And it can cause you to take your eyes off Jesus.

Where fear reigns, faith is driven away. But where faith reigns, fear has no place. Faith and fear don’t mix. As you bring in faith, fear will walk out the back door. But if you invite fear as a resident in your life, then you will drive faith away.

Peter had faith. He had his eyes on Jesus. He was doing the impossible. But then he started to sink because he took his eyes off Jesus. In his case, he looked at the wind. In our case, it might be something else. But when we forget God, we will start to sink. AMEN.

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