August 13th, 2017

Read "MATTHEW 14:22-33" & "PSALM 89:1-9"

Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

"You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, You still them." (PSALM 89:9)


The story of Jesus walking on the water is one of Christ's better-known miracle accounts - so much so, that it's been infused into our secular culture and lexicon. Magicians attempt to create the illusion of walking on water. A music video from the 1980s even featured the group's lead singer at an outdoor party walking across a swimming pool. If we say someone "walks on water," we mean that person is exceptional in everything he or she does.

This notion of walking on water is so universally appealing because it's an impossible feat to perform. The apostles were three and a half miles out to sea, and in a rising storm. When they first saw the figure of Jesus approaching, their reaction was one of sheet terror. "It is I," Jesus said But who else could it have been?

Only through Christ's power and perfection could someone walk the seas and calm the waves. Peter was a man of faith, but like all believers, he was also a sinner. Fear and doubt overcame him. His faith was imperfect.

Thanks to God, we can lean on the perfection of Christ!

"Jesus, Savior, pilot me Over life's tempestuous sea; Unknown waves before me roll, Hiding rock and treach'rous shoal. Chart and compass come from Thee. Jesus, Savior, pilot me" (LSB 715:1). Amen!

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Des Moines, Iowa 50313-4577

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