Walking on the waves that He made and controlled


    …but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. —Matthew 14:24-25 ESV

J. C. Ryle with encouragement gleaned from Matthew 14:22-33 at “Grace Gems!”–

There is encouragement here for all true Christians. Let them know that there is nothing created, which is not under Christ’s control. “All things serve Him.” He may allow His people to be tried for a season, and tossed to and fro by storms of trouble. He may be later than they wish in coming to their aid, and not draw near until the “fourth watch of the night.” But never let them forget that winds, and waves, and storms are all Christ’s servants. They cannot move without Christ’s permission. “The Lord on high is mightier than the voice of many waters, yes than the mighty waves of the sea.” (Psalm 93:4.) Are we ever tempted to cry with Jonah, “the flood was all around me. All your waves and your billows passed over me.” (Jonah 2:3.) Let us remember they are “His” billows. Let us wait patiently. We may yet see Jesus coming to us, and “walking on the sea.”

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