Message from Pastor Don ~ August 8th 2020
This is my Sunday off from Holy Cross but here is the first of some thoughts on Matthew 14. Matthew 14:24 “but by this time the boat, battered by the waves, was far from the land, for the wind was against them.”
What more radical message is there in the Gospel than the waves are crashing against the boat, far from shore, and the wind and all hopes is against those who were so used to being in a storm on the Sea of Galilee. My first year in Seminary I wrote a sermon on the “stilling of the Storm” text and my New Testament professor marked in bold red letters, “was this a possibility? When we got together to talk about the sermon his question was, “Could storms suddenly come up on the Sea of Galilee you didn’t address that?”. I wish I had been brave enough then to say, “it wouldn’t have been written if it wasn’t possible.” But I was not brash in those years.
There are so many times in our lives that we find ourselves with the waves crashing against us, far from a safe harbor, and the winds slapping us in the face. And we try to calm the storm, but we cannot do that. It is one of the things we are powerless against.
This is a time to re-trust the power of God. The disciples were foundering throughout the night. But when the time was right Jesus would come to them upon the waters. So it is true that we are often foundering and come to the realization that we need Jesus to still our storm. The Gospel is a radical message that we do not have to handle things on our own, God is with us through each and every storm that comes our way. God saves!
Trust and obey!