TIMELY HELP IN TROUBLE
Leslie M. John
“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Matthew 14:30-31
It is often seen that doubt in man causes fear in him that results in loss of faith, and consequently it would be the cause for failure. The Lord, who is always ready to help us loves us and wants us to cast our burden on Him in order that He may take care of any such situation. There is surely great hope in our Savior who rescues us, and gives us victory when we depend on Him. Allow the Lord to work in you, rather than depending on your own intelligence, wisdom and strength taking the entire burden on your shoulders.
One of the miracles Jesus did before His audience was that when they were hungry He fed that multitude of men, women and children with five loaves and two fishes. After they ate food He sent them away. He said to His to disciples to go by ship to the other side of the sea and then He went up onto a mountain to pray until evening. He was all alone there but the ship in the midst of the sea got into trouble. He went toward the ship in the night, inasmuch as the winds were strong the sea tossed with waves.
The Lord saw that His disciples were in trouble in the midst of the sea, with their ship being tossed by waves with the winds that were contrary. He did not leave them to suffer, but He quickly went to help them get out of trouble, between three in the early morning and six, walking on the water in the midst of the sea.
“But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea” (Matthew 14:24-25)
The disciples saw Jesus walking on water and going toward them, but they feared that it was a spirit and cried. It was then that Jesus their savior told them to be of good cheer and said it was He, who was walking toward them.
“But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid” (Matthew 14:27)
The Lord’s disciple Peter was surprised to Jesus walking on water and said to Him that if He was indeed Lord Jesus walking toward them, then he would want to be called by Jesus; and if the Lord called him he would walk on the water toward Jesus.
When Peter sought help to go near the savior, Jesus said to him “come down out the ship”. As Peter ventured to walk toward Jesus, he saw that the wind was boisterous, and he was frightened. As soon as Peter was frightened, he started sinking and, therefore, cried to Jesus saying “Lord, save me”.
Jesus did not leave Peter helpless but He immediately stretched forth his hand and caught him and admonished him over his little faith. Jesus questioned Peter as to why he doubted. Peter’s doubt caused fear in him, and the fear in him brought failure for him, but when he called on his savior to help him Jesus quickly helped him to get out of trouble.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6)
When they went into the ship the wind ceased. All those who were in the ship worshipped Him saying “Of a truth thou art the Son of God”.
“And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God”. (Matthew 14:31-33)