Matthew 14:22-24 records, “Immediately after this, Jesus insisted that his disciples get back into the boat and cross to the other side of the lake, while he sent the people home. After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone. Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves.”
Did you catch that first line? Jesus insisted that the disciples cross to the other side of the lake, without Him. Not too complicated, these were fishermen (most of them) after all. Except, in the middle of the night, a storm comes. I don’t know about you but sometimes when I obey the Lord’s instructions, instead of smooth sailing – a storm comes. I get afraid and question why the Lord allowed the winds to whirl when I was simply doing what He asked.
But did you notice something else? Jesus insisted that the disciples cross to the other side of the lake. Jesus knew that they would arrive at the destination He had selected. Jesus was never in doubt that they would reach the other side of the lake.
Matthew 14:25-27, “About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!”
Then, Jesus came toward them. A good reminder that on our journey, not only does Jesus direct us but we can trust Him to see us through to where we are going. He comes with us and that makes the journey worthwhile, whatever storms may come. We’ll get to Peter’s adventure in tomorrow’s devotional but for today I hope we face whatever comes with the assurance that Jesus knows where we are going and travels with us.