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The Lord Will Rescue Us!

Matthew 14:31

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.

RayMcDI remember once – I was body surfing at Ocean City – and I had a wave swallow me up. I tumbled and tumbled and hit the bottom a few times – and for a moment – I thought I might not come up for air in time. I was very young and probably had been told to not go out so deep in the water. An older person happened to see my predicament and in a quick motion grabbed me by the hand and lifted me up out of the water. I was coughing and gasping for my breath and I thanked him once I caught my breath. I’m not sure if he saved me or not – whether I would have survived without his help – but – I know I appreciated his help.

Have any of us ever been given a helping hand? I remember my father giving one of my uncles a helping hand. He was down and out and needed help establishing a place to live. He and his current wife had little to nothing and my father and another uncle gave him a helping hand. They set them up in an apartment at a rate they could afford and gather furniture for them. They helped them get clothes and filled the frig for them. Dad felt he had to help his brother – even though he knew the probable outcome. You can give someone a helping hand – but they need to be willing to take the help and keep on the right path. Unfortunately – this uncle didn’t make good use of the helping hand offered.

A helping hand can come in many ways. We help a number of people from the church with our Good Samaritan Fund. People donate money and expect their pastor to make wise use of this money as we help those in need. We’ve paid electric bills – rent – car payments – mortgage payments – cell phone bills – and we’ve bought groceries. We done even more for some. We’ve helped families through tough times. Some have used the helping hand to get themselves back on the right track and some have not.

Today’s passage is about offering a helping hand. Jesus was walking on the water and asked Peter to come out to him. As Peter kept his eyes on Jesus – he too was walking on the water. The minute Peter took his eyes off of Jesus and put them on the storm around him – he began to sink. He cried out to Jesus – and Jesus lifted him up.

Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Matthew 14:22–33 – 22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

Jesus will help us if we reach out to Him. He knows our heart and knows if we are really seeking His help or simply an escape from our predicament. Seek His face and desire His grace. Turn to the Lord and the Lord will rescue us!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

August 20, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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