After feeding the 5000, Jesus sent his disciples across the sea to Bethsaida. After sending the crowd away, Jesus spent several hours in prayer before walking out on the water to reach his disciples. They were scared and surprised to see Him do this. There are two things we should learn from this: 

  • First, that Jesus did what He did in His ministry to strengthen the faith of His people, and 
  • Second, that we need to guard our hearts from becoming hard, which the passage informs us is what had happened to the disciples.  Prayer is a great help to overcome hardness of heart.

We are challenged to stop doubting and to believe - to stop living as though the Bible isn’t true, as though God doesn’t exist, or as though Jesus doesn’t stand ready to help and to answer prayers - as though He isn’t really sovereign. We are to believe what He says and live in the reality that He is in control. As long as we harden our hearts against the truth, we are in danger but if we will listen and believe, we will be saved.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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