Matthew 14:25 (NKJV) Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
In the Gospel according to Matthew we find a story about Jesus sending His disciples across the Sea of Galilee. As they went on their way, they hit a huge storm that was so severe, they thought they would drown. At times in life we will experience storms that will make us feel as though we are drowning.
Meanwhile, Jesus had gone up on a mountain to spend some time in prayer. No doubt He could see His disciples, but they couldn’t see Him. And they were thinking it was all over. Are you faced with a storm in your life, and feel as though its over for you?
Then we read that “in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea” (Matthew 14:25). Why did Jesus go to them in the fourth watch? Why didn’t He come right away, when the storm got bad? Or why didn’t He at least go out to them during the second or third watch? Yet Jesus went to them in the fourth watch—at the very end, effectively—after they had been battling the waves for up to nine hours. Do you ever why the Lord takes so long to help us at critical times?
Why do you think Jesus waited so long? I think our Lord wanted them to exhaust their resources and realize there was no way out but through Him. And sometimes life goes that way. Something traumatic happens. Something that seems unbearable happens. We say, “How am I going to get through this? If God doesn’t come through for me, I am dead in the water.” What’s your situation, and is it time to let the Lord handle it?
Point to ponder- Have you come to the end of yourself? Maybe, like the disciples, you are experiencing an epic storm. Maybe you’re facing a crisis or a hardship. And maybe you are thinking you won’t get through it. I have good news for you: Jesus always shows up, and you will get through with the Lord!
Our King Cometh,
Pastor James Baker, Jr.