“And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, “Lord save us: we perish.” (Matthew 8:25)
It has been said that the gospel of Matthew was written by a Jew to Jews about a Jew. Matthew presented Jesus as King of the Jews, the long awaited Messiah. As the writer, Matthew used more Old Testament quotations and allusions than any other book. We are able to see how the New Testament fulfills the Old Testament.
Matthew was a tax-collector, and one day as Jesus was passing by, he saw Matthew sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, “Follow me.” And he arose and followed him. Luke tells us that Matthew’s name was Levi, and when Jesus called him, he left everything and followed Jesus. He also made a great feast at his house and invited a lot of publicans (tax-collectors). When Jesus was questioned about why He would eat with publicans and sinners, he revealed that he came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. (Luke 5:27-32) As Jesus went about calling sinners to come to Him, and healing the sick and the sorrowing, He fulfilled the prophecy spoken by Isaiah the prophet who said, “He took our infirmities and bear our sicknesses.” (Isaiah 53:4)
When Jesus entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And while He was sleeping, a great storm arose, and the ship was covered with waves. The disciples were very frightened, so they awakened Jesus. They were afraid they would be killed. Jesus asked why they were fearful, and their faith so small.
As we look at our own lives, do we see ourselves as a person with strong faith, or as one whose faith is weak? Do we find ourselves fearful, or do we determine that we will trust the Lord and depend upon Him regardless of the situation. May we remember that He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5) With Him, all things are possible.
Regardless of what takes place in our lives,
May we depend on the Lord,
For He will always be there for us,
And His promises we will not disregard.
We praise you heavenly Father,
That we can trust in your Word,
And make it through each problem,
As your truth does undergird.
Dear Father, please strengthen our faith and help us through each problem. In Jesus holy name we pray. Amen.