Psalm 103 commands us that we should “forget not all His benefits.” Here is one to remember.
John 6:19 – So when they had rowed about five and twenty or thirty furlongs, they see Jesus walking on the sea, and drawing nigh unto the ship: and they were afraid.
First, I encourage you to read John 6:16-21. Allow me to make some observations. Jesus had gone into the mountain to pray. It is obvious that Jesus had sent His disciples to the other side, for I am sure they would not have left Him there alone without being told to do so. Jesus was in deep communion with Father, for in His prayer time, He saw His disciples toiling in the storm in the middle of the sea of Galilee. He had to see this by Holy Spirit, for He was miles from them in the darkness of night. It was between 3 and 6 AM when this happened, that being the fourth watch. It is obvious that they disciples were in trouble with the storm, making no headway at all. It is likewise obvious they were not using their faith against the storm in order to comply with Jesus’ instructions to go to the other side. Since we know that without faith, it is impossible to please Father, how is it that Jesus came to them? Let’s consider that.
I am convinced we are looking at a wonderful demonstration of the mercy of God. Jesus had sent them before Him to the other side. There were doing their best to obey His command and go there. Jesus was aware of their problem by Holy Spirit. That awareness provoked Him to exercise His mercy that endures to all generations, and to go to them walking on the sea. We know the story, of course, and realize that as He was coming, when they first saw Him, they thought He was a ghost and were frightened. But in all those issues; (1) battling a storm in the flesh, and (2) their fearful response to His coming to them, He did not turn from them. When He was challenged as to His identity (Peter said, “If it is you, Lord, bid me come to You”), He responded with one word. He said to Peter, “Come!”
I offer you the following take-away from today’s Second Miler. There may indeed be times when you feel your faith is not working up to its finest potential. You may find yourself in storms that appear to be completely unconquerable. You may be surrounded by issues too deep for your abilities. Contrary winds may be blowing ferociously. But if you’re walking in the integrity of your heart, doing all you can to carry out the will of Father, always remember, Mercy came walking before, and He will come again. He has not changed. He will come to you, and He will call you to greater than you have known. The time is here.
Manna for Today – John 6:16-21; Matthew 14:22-33; Hebrews 11:1-6; Malachi 3:6; Hebrews 13:8