Hi Beloved Doves, be of good faith – for in this darkest time HE wil come
Joh_6:15 tells us why Christ was so anxious to dismiss the crowds: they had been filled with bread and wanted to make Him king! Men will follow anyone who promises them the material things of life, but Jesus will not have “bread-and-butter” disciples.
We have here a beautiful picture of the church today. Christ is on the ‘mountain’ praying while the disciples are battling the storm on the lake. Today, Jesus is in heaven interceding for us while we fight the storms of sin on this earth. His coming seems a long way off, yet just at the darkest hour (the fourth watch — 3-6 a.m.) He came to them! He stilled the storm and took His own safely to their destination (Joh_6:21).
Peter’s experience gives us the personal application. Peter could walk on the water because he had faith in Christ’s word, “Come” (Mat_14:29). “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom_10:17 4, NKJV). But when he forgot the source and stopped looking unto Jesus (Heb_12:1-2), he began to sink. The secret of overcoming the storm and doing the impossible is simply to believe the Word of God and keep looking to the Son of God. Yet, even when we fail, Jesus graciously helps us! How well-prepared Peter was to write, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you” (1Pe_5:7 4, NKJV).
This present age will be one of storms for the church. Keep in mind that the disciples were in the storm, not because they disobeyed Christ (as Jonah did), but because they obeyed Him. If we obey the Word of God, there will be suffering and persecution, but Christ is praying for us and will soon come to take us home. The secret is faith. Doubt and fear always go together, and faith and peace always go together. May we not be “little-faith” Christians!
This entire chapter of Mathew 14, then, shows the course of this age. The King withdraws and there is persecution against His servants. Through His servants He distributes the precious Bread of Life to a hungry world. His servants go through storms and testing, but Christ returns to give them peace and rescue them from the enemy.
Hallelujah, what a Savior! Maranatha HE returns
Love in the coming KING of KINGS the Maschiagh Nagid – JESUS CHRIST