Recognizing Jesus in the Storm

Good Morning Gorgeous,

It’s a brand new day. A fresh new start. A new day to follow Jesus when he says, “Come.”

I hope its okay to stay fixated on our same story just one more day. I noticed another interesting facet of this story. I briefly mentioned it in yesterday’s post, and then thought about it more throughout the day yesterday.

Here is the scripture again:

When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying,Truly you are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:26‭-‬33

Here is what I kept thinking about all day….The disciples didn’t recognize Jesus. They thought He was someone or something else. They even questioned if he was.a ghost. From the safety of the boat and the storm all around, they couldn’t recognize Him.

However the faithful act of one man, Peter, allowed not only Peter to recognize Him as Jesus their Lord, but all of the disciples worshipped Him and said, “Truly, you are the son of God.”

When we come face to face with Jesus in a storm or when we obey Him by stepping out of our own comfort in the boat and into places where it takes great faith, we experience fresh revelation of who He is!

When we move ahead when He calls, we recognize Him as Lord and we grow in revelation even deeper. We begin to recognize Him in situations where we couldn’t see Him before. This is true even if you’ve been serving and walking with Jesus for a long time. Everytime you get out of the boat and you go where He is calling, you get an opportunity to recognize Him more and more and have deeper revelation of who He is. The disciples ALREADY knew Jesus. They had already been walking with Him, serving alongside of Him, and listening to His teachings. And yet IN THE STORM, they couldn’t recognize Him.

Until, someone stepped out and met Him on the water! So, when we move and shift and go into the unknown where Jesus is, we get fresh revelation and SO DOES everyone watching. Your act of obedience in stepping out of the boat can bring you closer to Jesus and also the many who are watching you live out your life. Jesus can be revealed to others as they watch us interact with Him!

Friends, pray for God to show you areas He is calling you out of your boat and into the impossible. He will meet you there on top of the water.

Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for Your goodness. Thank You for meeting us in the impossible places and equipping us to walk on the water with You.

In Jesus’s name, Amen.

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