Summary: Peter is going to be taught a lesson that he will use later in his life.
Matthew 8:23-27-Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”
The first lesson that Jesus taught Peter was not to judge ourselves on how useful we can be to God.
That’s what Peter did, he said, “Depart from me, I am a sinful man!”
He didn’t think God could use someone like him, and if we are not careful we can fall into that same temptation.
We too can believe that God can’t use us because of or past sins, past mistakes, past relationships, or past background, or our financial situation, there is all kinds of things we think hinders us for God to use us, but that is not true.
Or we can be on the other hand and we can judge ourselves to proudly, we can think to much of ourselves, there are some people who think they are God’s gift to this world, or to a church, they don’t think no one can do what they do in the church.
I have know some people like that, I truly believe that they believe that in their heart, they don’t believe they can be replaced, but the truth is everybody can be replaced, except for the Trinity, some people leave the church and they think it is going swivel up and die, but it doesn’t and that God’s way of letting people know, we are all expendable.
We are all important to the kingdom of God, each and every soul, but don’t get to believing the kingdom can’t go on without you.
God can use all of us, the preacher that I studied under, told me to go home and read about the story of Balaam’s donkey, he said the next day, “Did you read and did you understand it?” I said, “I think so!” Then I began telling him what I thought it meant and when I got thru, he said, “The main point I want you to remember is…If God can use Balaam’s donkey he can use you!!
Sea of Galilee is the largest freshwater lake in Israel, and it is approximately 33 miles in circumference, about 13 miles long, and 8.1 miles wide. The lake has a total area of 64.4 sq miles) at its fullest, and is 141 feet deep.
Great Tempest Arose On The Sea-This story has two storms: one on the surface of the waters, the other in the hearts of the disciples.
Sometimes the storms in our life people can see…Death of a love, divorce, loss of job, other visible tragedies.
Sometimes the storms that are in our life people can’t see…Hopelessness, depression, emptiness, sense of not fitting in, sense of being lost.
We are like the disciples that sometimes we cry out-“Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Mark 4:38