Bible Reading: Matthew 14:22-33
Memory verse: Matthew 7:25, “And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”
Jesus had spent a whole day teaching His disciples the secret of the kingdom, and the power of the word of God. He even took them aside to explain things the crowd didn’t understand. At the end of that day, Jesus compelled His disciples to go into the boat, while He went to pray by Himself. It is interesting to note that He sent away the crowd but sent His disciples into a storm. Why would He do that? I believe He wanted them to exercise the authority He had demonstrated when He multiplied the loaves of bread and fishes earlier that day. Unfortunately, they didn’t. On the contrary, they were afraid. When we choose to become disciples (which is optional), we should understand that what we learn will be tested. Any trial we are faced with is an opportunity to exercise our faith, not think that God has abandoned us. He will never lead us into a battle we are not equipped to handle. In fact, persecution comes because of the revelation we receive. When the Word comes under attack, all you need to do is use what is already in you.