Fall 2021 SS Magazine

Daily Devotional: Monday, June 14 - Walking on Water

“However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ — the things God has prepared for those who love him.” — 1 Corinthians 2:9

Warm weather puts a lot of people in the water on lakes, in rivers and on beaches. River rafting, water skiing, swimming, boating, fishing and all kinds of water sports thrive in the heat of late spring and throughout the summer. Though it’s fun, safety is sometimes an issue if we don’t know how to swim or forget to bring a life jacket. Water is a great natural playground, but deep water may be dangerous.

If we were out in the ocean away from land, then we would need a boat or raft. But Jesus did not need any assistance when He decided to go out on the Sea of Galilee. He simply walked on top of the water to meet His disciples where they were in their boat. When Jesus started walking, it was the middle of the night, the wind made the water choppy and the disciples didn’t expect to see Him out there.

“And the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 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.'” — Matthew 14:24-27

Then Jesus helped Peter to also walk on water. Peter stayed on top of the water until he took his eyes off Jesus. This shows the power is not in us to do miracles. The power belongs to God.

Nevertheless, we do much more than we thought we could do when we look to Jesus for direction and strength. “However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ — the things God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

— Bill Kent, Pastor of Memorial Baptist Church, Sylvania, Georgia

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