Faith and Trust

Matthew 14:22-36
Jer. 30:1-2,12-15,18-22 / Ps 102

Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.
(Matthew 14:27)

Whatever storms may come my way,
Lord, in Your Word I shall abide;
Though in the middle of the fray
I shall walk calmly by your side.

Then Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and precede Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. After doing so, He went up on a mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening, he was there alone. Meanwhile the boat was already a a few miles offshore, buffeted by the waves for the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn, Jesus went out to them, walking on the sea. When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. At once Jesus said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Peter replied, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus said, “Come.” Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” At once Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him, and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed. (Matthew 14:22-36)

Reflection

Storms in the lives of God’s stewards can at times come in the form of harassments from the devil, who tries to subvert God’s will in our lives. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph.6:12)
Sometimes we get so immersed in material concerns that we forget our spiritual nature. Satan’s grand scheme is to get us too focused on our problems and anxieties that we no longer have time to pray, which is the most effective weapon against fear.

Fresh from college, and newly married, my father asked me to manage his struggling piggery farm. Not long after, I ran for barangay captain in the barrio where our piggery was located so that the road may be repaired. I won the barangay elections. Without any background in animal husbandry or experience in local governance, much less, fluency in the local dialect, the prospect of failing in these responsibilities became a frightening reality. Instead of celebrating my election victory, I went to my room, stricken with anxiety and paranoia. Fortunately, my wife reminded me that we could always turn to Jesus for help. And sure enough, when we got on our knees to pray, the fear and paranoia slowly faded away.

Prayer will give us the assurance that we have the strength to overcome anything through Jesus Who empowers us (Phil.4:13). Prayer works for those who firmly believe and submit to God’s will, trusting that whatever comes is according to His divine purpose. As we hold fast to this trust in the Lord, the storm will eventually pass, and then we will realize that we have become stronger because of it.

We put our trust in Your strong arm, Lord, as we firmly believe You will never allow us to sink in any storm because we are your faithful fishers of men. Amen.

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