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The Perfect Storm (composed by D. Hopkins)
Matthew 14: 24-33; "But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
"And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, 'It is a spirit';
and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, 'Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.' And Peter answered Him and said, 'Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.' And He said, 'Come'.
"And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, 'Lord, save me'. And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, 'O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?'
"And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came
and worshipped Him, saying, 'Of a truth thou art the Son of God'."
"The ship"; the vessel of testimony as typologically depicted in Acts 27
"The midst of the sea"; (Revelation 13:1), the turbulent mass of unsettled nations in anarchy and confusion, Isaiah 57:20. Tossed with the waves, for the wind was contrary;
Ephesians 4:14: "That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about
with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;" The disturbance may be instigated by people (the sea) promulgating their views / doctrines (the contrary (1 Timothy 1:10) wind) thus destabilizing the ship, creating fear for those onboard.
"Fourth watch of the night"; between 3-6 am in the midst of darkness (1 Thess 5:5, Colossians 1:13), He was watching from on high, (verse 23) when all seems hopeless, the chaos is enveloped in darkness.
They did not go to Jesus, Jesus went to them, walking upon the sea! (Psalm 77:19: Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.) The chaos cannot prevent His steps nor turn Him away from that which distresses the heart of His beloved, He walks upon the very source of our distresses they have no choice but to bow
beneath His steps.
His presence is mistaken, causing FEAR, often our lack of faith will put the Lord in a light in which we fail to recognize The Saviour, coming to save.
Jesus speaks, (literally) "Be courageous, I AM, fear not".
"Lord, IF", Peter states, it is enough for the Saviour to welcome Peter into this new adventure,
"Come", As much as Peter desired to get to Jesus, his beloved Master, his beloved Master Jesus, desired Peter to be with Him. Peter wanted nothing else than to be with Jesus in the midst of this storm.
Peter did not realize it is difficult to walk on water, if your eyes are on the winds (not waves).
In the midst of trouble, we can walk on the water, (Ephesians 5: 26) however, when the winds of doctrine trouble the waters, our vision of the Christ is eclipsed, though he walked upon the water, he began to sink beneath the waves.
"When he saw the wind, strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried,'Lord save me'."
He took his eyes off of the Lord Jesus, which allowed him to see the strong wind, which created fear, which debilitated his faith, which impaired his walk, which caused him to begin sinking.
'As he began to sink', (if we could only learn to call upon Him early in our troubles.) he called upon the Name of the Lord, AND IMMEDIATELY, Jesus stretched forth His hand and Caught him, Ironically, the One for whom time would come to symbolize with the sign of a fish, just caught a fisherman. ( The FISH, Greek ICHTHOS(Jesus Christ Gods Son the Saviour)
"O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt".
When Jesus entered the ship, the wind ceased, doctrinal divorces cease when the Lord Jesus is
welcomed into our circumstances, because His presence will provoke the humbled saint to worship;
No comment on the storm, no comment on Peter walking on the water, no comment on the miracle of the wind ceasing,
"Of a truth, Thou art the Son Of God".
He engaged their eyes, and He raptures their hearts.
So may it be with us.
(hymn added by RKG)
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
WHY those fears? Behold, 'tis Jesus
Holds the helm, and guides the ship;
Spread the sails, and catch the breezes
Sent to waft us through the deep
To the regions, to the regions
Where the mourners cease to weep.
Though the shore we hope to land on
Only by report is known,
Yet we freely all abandon,
Led by that report alone,
And with Jesus, And with Jesus
Through the trackless deep move on.
Led by faith, we brave the ocean;
Led by faith, the storm defy;
Calm amidst tumultuous motion,
Knowing that the Lord is nigh;
Waves obey Him, waves obey Him,
And the storms before Him fly.
Rendered safe by His protection,
We shall pass the watery waste,
Trusting to His wise direction,
We shall gain the port at last;
And with wonder, and with wonder
Think on toils and dangers past.
O what pleasures there await us!
There the tempests cease to roar;
There it is that those that hate us
Can molest our peace no more;
Trouble ceases, trouble ceases
On that tranquil, happy shore.
[#290 in Hymns for the Little Flock, 1881 edition]