Occasionally, we will reprint prior devotions that now reflect on the coming lectionary texts. This is a reprint from a devotion originally published on November 30, 2013.
Reading: Matthew 14: 22-33
Not only does God see our potential and looks at us when we are in need of instruction, but God also sees us when storms arise. The disciples were scared when they were in the boat and a storm came up. Jesus walked on water toward the boat and Peter told Him that if he were indeed the Lord, he wanted to walk toward Him. Peter started walking on the water but when he took his eyes off Jesus, he began to sink. Jesus said, “O man of little faith, why did you doubt?” Just as Peter did, as soon as we take our eyes off the Lord, we sink. God sees us when storms arise and calls us to Him for help.
God also sees us in places of no hope. In prison, Peter was probably not hopeful that he would get out. But God sent an angel and gave him hope. He was rescued from prison by that angel. This passage tells us that despite what we may think, there is always hope.
God is always with us, watching over us, helping us through storms, and giving us hope. –Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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