The Troubled Sea

The people of the earth are described as a sea of humanity in Isaiah chapter 57:

20   But the wicked are like the troubled sea,
When it cannot rest,
Whose waters cast up mire and dirt.

There are people who live in the Heavenlies, those who are earthly, and finally those who live in the troubled sea.  The seas are definitely troubled these days and are beginning to rage at times.  This sea of humanity is depicted in Matthew chapter 14:

22 Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away.

23 And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there.

24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.

This particular story provides us with much instruction applicable to today’s situation.  Jesus sent the disciples into the midst of the sea knowing they would be subjected to the challenges of humanity.  At the same time He went up and separated Himself with FATHER to commune and receive instruction.  As expected the sea became contrary and challenged the disciples for there was no peace.

25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.

26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out for fear.

27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Be of good cheer! It is I; do not be afraid.”

Here they are in the midst of a raging storm and Jesus says “Be of good cheer?”  He was not moved by the troubled seas or contrary wind for He knew FATHER had given Him command over the situation thus He trusted the Word spoken to Him while He was alone with FATHER.

28 And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

29 So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus.

30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”

For a few moments Peter embraced the same empowerment Jesus walked in while the others remained in the boat.  As a fisherman, Peter knew better than the rest to remain in the safety of the boat during a storm however that past experience did not keep him from stepping out into the raging sea.  Jesus was able to walk above the troubles of humanity and not be subjected to the lawlessness, fears, adversity, and perversity causing the seas to be troubled.  As we look to Him as our Example, we too will be able to rise above the calamity and walk on the water.  Not just a few steps as Peter, but as Jesus walked without any fear whatsoever.

We should be of good cheer knowing that FATHER has placed us here at this specific time in history to be a light unto the world.  The sea may be raging but we should be at peace.  If not, separate yourself unto FATHER until peace prevails in your heart.

Jesus did not keep the disciples from experiencing the troubled sea and neither will we be removed from the troubled sea of humanity.  We must not walk in fear of what is transpiring all around us but instead walk in faith.

31 And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

We must not doubt FATHER and HIS Plan.  If we are called to step out of the boat then be assured FATHER will have us operate in a higher law than that which causes us to sink.  Jesus understood the higher laws and operated in them as the need arose.  Let us do the same as we seek fellowship with Our Heavenly Father.  HE will equip us for every situation and we will rise above the troubled sea in faith and walk out our calling.

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