Meditations on Matthew 14:22-33

22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
33 Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God.

Matthew 14:22-33

Written as a reflection of Gethsemane BP Church’s Sunday Service message on the same passage.

O, Thou, my God, has led with sov’reign hand
To purge of hidden sin and purify my soul.
O, Thou hast worked all things for mine own good:
To shake my little faith and make it grow.
Hast Thou not planned to lead me through the waves,
Which makes my soul to toil with feeble strength?
Dost not Thy loving eye observe Thy child,
As, through the storm, he labours on at length?
Thou, my God, wilt not stay away fore’er,
For through the storm Thou surely drawest near.
Thou, my God, wilt not leave my soul afraid,
For Thou saidst, “It is I, be of good cheer!”
O, bid me come, O Christ, to walk the sea
With eyes of growing faith affixed on Thee.


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