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Reflections on Matthew 14:26-31 (Lectio Divina – Day 7)

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I’ve now finished the first week of Lectio Divina, which is my detailed and devout study of the bible, and has seen me bury myself into the first half of the book of Matthew. I’ve read all about the early life and ministry of Jesus and been taught some powerful lessons on the way.

I’ve reachable point now, quite naturally, where I am reading about Jesus walking on the water as the storm around the disciples buffets and frightens them when realised what this whole section of Matthew 14:26-31 was actually trying to tell us. I don’t think I had properly understood it until before now and it really just blew me away. I simply had to share it!

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?” (Matthew 14:26-31 NIV)

When you read this, the first instinct is to see it for what it apparently is, the “simple” miracle of Jesus walking on water and Peter’s faltering faith for a moment. When you actually see the scene as a whole its plain truth is revealed surprising easily.

The boat and the disciples represent mankind, Jesus is (of course) himself, and the stormy weather and deep seas represent our life and the struggle against sin. Peter represents that first step we all make when Christ first comes into our life.

Its a scary time and we’re afraid. After we make those first steps we must then close our fears of the wind if we are to avoid faltering before Jesus. But we can take comfort that even if we do [falter] he will be there to catch us.

I took great comfort reading these verses today. Jesus comes to us in storm, and he is always there for us, no matter what! Doesn’t that make you feel great?

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