TRUST: Before Jesus Walked on Water

For those in Christendom, there is no doubt of accepting the account of Jesus walking on water written in Mark 6. In our lives, we tend to focus on the sensational or extraordinary. Take any news headline from economics to athletics, it is the sensational that grabs the attention of viewers/readers. In most of life though, it is not the sensational or extraordinary that is the norm but the day-to-day or commonplace that is reflective of life. It prompts me to say TRUST: Before Jesus Walked on Water.

TRUST: Before Jesus Walked on Water is sensational on the surface or at first glance, but there is substantial evidence that direct us to the day-to-day or mundane. I believe that the sensational occurs in life to lead us to a greater understanding or consciousness. Let’s take a look of an example of this from Mark 6.

45 Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. 46 After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.

47 Later that night, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. 48 He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. Shortly before dawn he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them, 49 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, 50 because they all saw him and were terrified.

Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, 52 for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened.

53 When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there.54 As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognized Jesus. 55 They ran throughout that whole region and carried the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. 56 And wherever he went—into villages, towns or countryside—they placed the sick in the marketplaces. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.

The background to the text above is that Jesus had just finished feeding the 5,000 plus people with five loaves and two fish. Clearly, that is sensational or extraordinary. What do we see happening following that miracle. Jesus doing yeoman or common work. It was the day-to-day or ordinary that Jesus was engaged. He sent His disciples away while he dismissed the crowd whom He had fed. What is more is what He did after send thing crowd away. TRUST: Before Jesus Walked on Water. What did Jesus do after the people were gone. The Word tells us “After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray.”

TRUST: Before Jesus Walked on Water, He prayed.  He went alone to up on a mountain to pray. Why? He had just spent a day attending to the physical and spiritual needs of the people. As one whom people constantly look to solve problems or attend to their needs, I can relate to a long day that is exhausting; however, this is where the similarities end for me. All I want to do after such a day is to go home, be alone and rest. Jesus, on the other hand, went to be alone but not to rest. He went to be with God to pray. It has been said that hard day drove Jesus to prayer, not from prayer. This the day-to-day or mundane that God expects of us. He expects us to be driven to prayer not from prayer. God’s goal and example is for us to see that we are to be driven to pray after a day especially after the sensational or extraordinary.

TRUST: Before Jesus Walked on Water, He prayed. I must confess that my normal response is not to be driven to pray. It is just to “chill”. I stand convicted and corrected. I confess to the Father that my actions have not been aligned to those of His Son. If you are like me, I suggest that you reconcile your mindset to that of Christ. Yes, we are to be actively engaged in meeting the needs of others if given that as a responsibility, but to meet our need, we need to pray. Jesus sought refuge and retreat in prayer. It is reconnecting with the Father that recharges or refreshes us. It allows us to praise Him for what He has accomplished in our lives that day. It allows us to refocus on God and His will rather than focusing on ourselves. Perhaps more than anything, it prepared Jesus and prepares us for God’s next assignment to represent Him to the portion of the world He has chosen to allow us to impact.

TRUST: Before Jesus Walked on Water, He prayed. If Jesus prayed, we should pray. This will be my application. I will seek to go pray after a long day especially one where I have witnessed God do incredible things in meeting the needs of people. What about you? You see that before Jesus manifested another miracle, walking on water, He prayed. What will you do?


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