Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22–34
Key Verse: Matthew 14:31
And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”
When faced with a serious challenge, what is your first response? Do you run from the situation with fear in your heart, or do you stand and face the enemy with the shield of faith? God wants us to stand firm in our faith.
He has promised to contend with those who contend with us (Psalm 18). Therefore, we can face each situation with confidence and power knowing that He is with us and He is in control.
He provides the wisdom you need for the challenge, the strength you need to do what seems to be impossible, and the protection you need from the enemy’s wicked plots and schemes. You never have a reason to feel fearful, because you are God’s beloved, and He will fight for you.
Matthew 14 relates a story where the disciples had to face their greatest fear—loss of control on an open, storm-driven sea. Scripture tells us that Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him across the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 14:22).
The Lord did not make a suggestion to His disciples; He told them to go. Jesus knew His disciples would encounter a great storm and their faith would be tried. When He came to them walking on a storm-tossed sea, they thought He was a ghost.
Don’t allow fearful thoughts to keep you from seeing the Savior. Whenever there is danger or a threat of any kind, He always makes His presence known.
Dear heavenly Father, help me reject fear and embrace faith. I thank You that in every situation, You make Your presence known.