Now when evening came, the boat was in the middle of the sea; and He (Jesus) was alone on the land. Then He saw them straining at rowing, for the wind was against them. Now about the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea, and would have passed them by. And when they saw Him walking on the sea, they supposed it was a ghost, and cried out for they all saw Him and were afraid.
Most have heard and know this story very well. So many parallels could be made to our own lives. We see the disciples demonstrate faith in ultimately welcoming Jesus on board. We see them overcoming fear in the midst of a storm. At the end we see them glorifying Jesus. So good! How many times have you found yourself in the midst of a storm and not knowing what to do? We all have storms in our family, in our health, our finances, work place… even storms within ourselves as we address our own problems.
At the beginning of the passage we see them struggling in their storm, the elements against them. This is where we will often find ourselves in our struggles. Jesus is near. The interesting thing however, is the fear of the apostles. If you re-read that passage it doesn’t mention them being afraid of the storm. They struggled against the storm. The Bible indicates they were afraid of Jesus, believing Him to be a ghost!
Fear is very often a natural reaction to the supernatural power of God. What we do with that fear is what could very well be the difference of us receiving a miracle or having that miracle pass us by. You notice that in the above text it actually says that Jesus would have passed them by. He knew their struggle (which is why he stepped on the water in the first place), but if these struggling men had stayed in fear and not cried out Jesus would have walked right on by!
I want to encourage you to overcome fear, cry out to Jesus, and allow Him to step into your situation. We have a security in what we know… even if we struggle at times. It’s a fearful thing to step past that security and into faith. For example, it may be frightening to trust God with your finances and to give in faith knowing things are tight. It may be frightening to trust God with your health when our security is entirely in doctors or medication. It’s a frightening thing when God challenges us to crucify the flesh and the old man in order to resurrect a new man created in His image. If we never learn to step past fear and into the place of faith, we will never step into the miracle working power of God.
Don’t let Jesus pass you by! Cry out to Him today.