Love Lifted Me

Matthew 14:22-34

A great old hymn connecting Peter’s water walk/rescue with our own salvation. Please give the song a listen, and come back for more thoughts on that sea rescue.

Tossed with waves – Jesus saves

Jesus walked on water! Peter did, too. Amazing! Recall the scene. The ship is in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves. The wind fights them. Jesus walks out to them. When the disciples see him walking on the sea, they become so agitated they do not recognize Jesus. They think he is a ghost! The storm has them frightened, but what they now see puts them over the top and they cry out in fear. They need saving!

Jesus says “Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”

How often God’s message is “Fear not!” Part of saving people is to help them get rid of fear.

One of Peter’s great qualities was that he wanted to KNOW his faith was based on reality. Here he seeks proof, asking Jesus to invite him to walk on water. Jesus does, and Peter starts walking. On water! His attention switches from Jesus to the wind, he becomes afraid again, and starts sinking. Jesus stretches forth his hand and catches Peter, and asks Peter why he doubted. I’ll bet Peter pondered that question the rest of his life, and learned from it. Jesus and Peter get on the ship, the wind ceases, and disaster is averted. (Read all about it in Matthew 14.)

Jesus saves!

Jesus saves NOW

Today we read this record and are reminded Jesus still rescues, Jesus still saves. He has tremendous love and power. What a Lord and Savior!

It does not matter what storms we are in, or what has happened before. If Jesus reaches out to you, take his hand!

He IS reaching out to you!

God bless you lots!

-Dale R.

LYRICS: Love Lifted Me
Song by James Rowe

I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore,
Very deeply stained within, sinking to rise no more,
But the Master of the sea heard my despairing cry,
From the waters lifted me, now safe am I.

Love lifted me!
Love lifted me!
When nothing else could help,
Love lifted me!

All my heart to Him I give, ever to Him I’ll cling,
In His blessed presence live, ever His praises sing,
Love so mighty and so true, merits my soul’s best songs,
Faithful, loving service, too, to Him belongs.

Souls in danger, look above, Jesus completely saves,
He will lift you by His love, out of the angry waves;
He’s the Master of the sea, billows His will obey,
He your Savior wants to be, be saved today.

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One Reply to “Love Lifted Me”

  1. Sarah Durm

    This is one of my favorite scenes in scripture! I actually used that image of Jesus reaching his hand through the waves as the background for my “virtuous woman chart” (daily goals and habits tracker) to remind myself that Jesus helps us. That question he asks Peter, “Why did you doubt?” haunts me in a good way. I’m currently in a season of taking on new and scary leadership responsibilities. This encouraged me today. 🙂


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