Read thru the New Testament 2018
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids
Bible Reading: Matthew 14:22-36
At one time, or another, we all face something that scares us. It may be a financial trouble, a health issue, a marital problem, or any number of other things. But you are scared. If you are not careful…you will panic. And when that happens you lose sight of what to do…even it is right in front of you. Fear can do that.
In this passage, Peter stepped out of the boat and started walking on the water towards Jesus. Good move, Peter. But then he began to think “rationally” and realized that what he was doing was not possible. Let me say that again, “what he was doing was not possible”. “What he was doing…” If he was doing it…doesn’t that mean that it is possible? Sometimes we are like Peter. We are trusting in God, living a life of faith…doing the impossible. Then we start to think rationally…”This just cannot be true. This just cannot work.” And like Peter, we panic. But here is an amazing and wonderful truth about Jesus. When we panic…He doesn’t. Where our faith stops…His starts. And when we start to go down…He lifts us up. Okay, I’m sitting here typing this and suddenly I’ve got tears in my eyes. I can hardly see the keyboard. Why? Because it’s true…when I start to go down…He lifts me up! Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus. Are you sinking? Call out to Jesus. He will lift you up!
Thoughts about God for My Grandkids:
I read an article the other day that listed 15 things that many people are afraid of…
- Public speaking
- Going to the dentist
- Spiders and snakes
- Enclosed spaces
- The dark
- Being rejected by other people
- Thunder and Lightning
The word “phobia” means “fear”. If you put “phobia” on the end of a word…it means to fear it. For instance: zoo (the place where you find animals) + phobia = zoophobia…which means “the fear of animals”. Sometimes it is easy to understand what the first word means because we are familiar with it…but sometimes it may be a word (like a scientific term) that we don’t know. But regardless, people fear, have a phobia…of some pretty strange things. Look at this list…
- Arachnophobia – The fear of spiders.
- Ophidiophobia – The fear of snakes.
- Acrophobia – The fear of heights.
- Germophobia – The fear of germs.
- Trypophobia – The fear of holes.
- Alektorophobia – The fear of chickens. Going to KFC must be terrifying!
- Anatidaephobia – The fear of ducks. Somewhere, a duck is watching you.
- Aquaphobia – The fear of water.
- Basiphobia – The fear of falling. Some people won’t even walk or stand up.
- Globophobia – The fear of balloons.
- Nyctophobia – The fear of darkness.
- Triskaidekaphobia – The fear of the number 13or the bad luck that follows.
- Emetophobia – The fear of vomiting. Thanks for bringing that up.
- Gephyrophobia – The fear of bridgesand crossing even the smallest bridge.
- Lepidopterophobia – The fear of butterfliesand often most winged insects.
- Podophobia – The fear of feet. Some people fear touching or looking at feet, even their own.
- Paraskevidekatriaphobia – The fear of Friday the 13th.
- Somniphobia – The fear of sleep and what might happen right after you fall asleep.
- Koumpounophobia – The fear of buttons. Clothes with buttons are avoided.
- Ranidaphobia – The fear of frogs.
- Katsaridaphobia – The fear of cockroaches.
- Pediophobia – The fear of dolls. Do you remember “Chucky”?
- Ichthyophobia – The fear of fish. Even dead fish. Makes it hard to go to a restaurant.
- Mottephobia – The fear of moths.
- Bananaphobia – The fear of bananas. They can be terrifying!
- Sidonglobophobia – The fear of cotton balls or plastic foams.
- Catoptrophobia – The fear of mirrors. Don’t understand? Have you looked in one, lately?
- Telephonophobia – The fear of talking on the phone.
- Pogonophobia – The fear of beards.
- Omphalophobia – The fear of belly buttons (or maybe belly button fuzz?).
- Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia – The fear of long words. Believe it or not, it’s real.
And of course, the all-time favorite…
While we may not understand why people would be afraid of some of those things…like bananas and belly buttons…we should still be understanding and considerate. After all, they may not understand why you are afraid of certain things…but you want them to be kind to you. Anyone can be afraid…kids, adults, men, and women.
Peter was one of the disciples of Jesus. He had seen Jesus do amazing things…like healing the sick and feeding the 5,000 people like we talked about, yesterday. But one day, something happened that made Peter very afraid. Jesus had told the disciples to get into a boat and go across the Sea of Galilee to the other side. Hours went by and later that night Jesus decided to join the disciples. The wind had been blowing right in the disciple’s faces all of that time and it made rowing the boat very difficult. They had only made it to somewhere out in the middle of the lake. But that didn’t stop Jesus. Remember, He is God. So nothing is impossible for Him. He just started walking on top of the water out to where the boat was. That’s right…walking on top of the water. It was dark when He got close to the boat and when the disciples saw Him they didn’t recognize Him. Scared the socks off of them. They thought it was a ghost and began to scream their heads off because they were afraid (they must have been watching too many zombie movies). Jesus said, “Hey guys, it’s Me. Don’t be afraid.” They couldn’t believe it. They just sat there staring at Him. Finally, Peter said, “Jesus, if it is You, then command me to come to You.” Jesus said, “Well, what are you waiting for? Come here.” Peter carefully stepped over the side of the boat and put his foot down on the top of the water. It felt like he was standing on land. He put the other foot on the water and stood up. This was cool! He was doing it! He started walking towards Jesus. Then, he started to look around and he saw the water and the wind blowing the water and the waves…and he thought, “What am I doing? People can’t walk on water!” And he began to sink. Then he saw Jesus and yelled, “Jesus, I’m drowning, help me!” Jesus quickly walked over to Peter (on top of the water), took him by the hand, and helped him into the boat. And when they got into the boat…the wind stopped. The disciples all looked at each other and said, “Wow, Jesus really is the Son of God!”
Sometimes you and I become afraid. Something happens and we don’t know what to do. Something happens and it scares us. Something happens and we can’t figure it out. And we become afraid. When that happens…do like Peter did. Call out to Jesus, “Jesus, help me. I’m afraid. I’m scared.” And I promise you…every time, every single time…no matter what has happened…no matter how bad it may seem…Jesus will reach out His hand, lift you up, and save you. And then, like the disciples, you will realize more than ever before that Jesus really is the Son of God. Go ahead…get out of the boat. That’s where Jesus is.
Love you more than bunches and bunches,