In today’s text, the compassion of Jesus was clearly evident. The passage started by the healing of the sick. “He had compassion on them and healed their sick vs 14. This was followed by the feeding of 5000 men besides women and children. Jesus said to His disciples ‘they need not go away, you give them something to eat’ vs 16. What a sensitive and compassionate Christ we have.
We also saw how Peter walked on water at the instruction of Jesus. At a point, Peter became weak in faith and began to sink. He cried out to Jesus ‘Lord save me. Immediately Jesus reached out his hand caught him saying to him ‘O man of little faith, why did you doubt? What a compassionate savior. How many times have we displeased Him for our lack of faith and doubt His word? Regardless He never stops loving us! He still saves us. He still saves us whenever we call out to Him.
There are times in our journey of life when it seems we are sinking. It may be in the area of marriage, parenting, health wise or spiritually. The experience of Peter’s walk on water gives us an example of what to do. What we need do is to call on Jesus. Call on Him for strength, call on Him for help. It is dangerous to keep quiet at this time. Keep your focus on Him, keep your focus on His word and promises. You will soon see yourself walking, riding on that storm again. You will not sink in Jesus name.
The name of the lord is a strong tower. Therefore as I call on the name of Jesus, my strength is renewed, my health is renewed, I ride above the storm of life in the name of Jesus.
Reading – Matthew 14:13-26
Jesus Feeds the Five Thousand
13 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns.14 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
15 As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”
16 Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
17 “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.
18 “Bring them here to me,” he said. 19 And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20 They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.21 The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.
Jesus Walks on the Water
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.
All scriptural passages are taken from the NIV version of the bible.