This is not the post that I had in mind to publish. That post is still in “draft” mode. However, having read this portion of scripture early this morning and now, having pulled aside to read J.C. Ryle’s commentary, I had to share.
Listen as J.C. Ryle discusses the encouragement to be found in Matthew 14:22-36. This is the portion of scripture where the disciples find themselves stranded, in the middle of the night, on stormy seas. Upon seeing Jesus they are filled with fear but Jesus, filled with good will, assures them and bids them not to be afraid. I pray you take as much encouragement in this as I did this afternoon.
“There is encouragement here for all true Christians. Let them know that there is nothing created, which is not under Christ’s control. “All things serve Him.” He may allow His people to be tried for a season, and tossed to and fro by storms of trouble. He may be later than they wish in coming to their aid, and not draw near until the “fourth watch of the night.” But never let them forget that winds, and waves, and storms are all Christ’s servants. They cannot move without Christ’s permission. “The Lord on high is mightier than the voice of many waters, yes than the mighty waves of the sea.” (Psalm 93:4.) Are we ever tempted to cry with Jonah, “the flood was all around me. All your waves and your billows passed over me.” (Jonah 2:3.) Let us remember they are “His” billows. Let us wait patiently. We may yet see Jesus coming to us, and “walking on the sea.”