This week's Gospel lesson, Matthew 14:22-33, is the familiar story of Jesus walking on the water to his disciples. His words to his terrified followers (thinking they see a ghost) are: "Take heart, it is I. Do not be afraid." The Greek text actually reads: "Take heart, I AM," echoing the way that God named himself in the story of the Exodus. We are called in this story to trust in the person and identity of who Jesus is, and let that primary focus govern our response to the circumstances of life. Peter gets out of the boat to walk to Jesus, but the text says that "when he saw the wind, he was afraid." Jesus calls us to see Him, and trust his power and purpose, rather than letting the waves of life overwhelm and control us.
After the sermon, we will sing a song of meditation and response. This song draws directly on our text of the day, and is a beautiful new offering from the team at Hillsong:
Another newer song, "Good to Me," focuses on the same theme: Trustin God's goodness and faithfulness in the midst of life's uncertainty and pain: