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God Knows Best

Weekly Devotionals

God Knows Best

Matthew 14:30-31

“But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Often, we don’t understand why things happen the way they do. We may try to find reason in why something may have occurred. We may even question God if we do not agree with the outcome. But we must always remember one of the Bible’s core messages: God is good.

Take for example in Matthew 14. The chapter begins with the death of Jesus’ cousin John the Baptist. John is beheaded and immediately news is brought to Jesus by John’s disciples.  Jesus hears the information, climbs into a boat and withdraws to a secluded place to be alone. Details like this help us to really glimpse Jesus’ humanity. 100% human and 100% God, Jesus needs time alone to perhaps grieve and pray.

As he is heading out everything is put on pause because crowds have started to gather and begin chasing after his boat. The next thing you know there are 5000+ gathered, and Jesus begins to minister to them. Miracles are performed, everyone fed, and now Jesus again is on his way, to spend time alone.

Meanwhile, Jesus’ disciples are sent on their way (inside of Jesus’ boat) and instructed to meet Jesus at the other side of the lake. While rowing, the disciples encounter a storm and are stuck out on the water for a few hours. Later Jesus comes walking out to them on the water.

Peter with great faith steps out of the boat and begins to walk on water towards Jesus, but quickly begins to sink. Peter shouts out “Lord save me”, and Jesus reaches down and saves him!

I imagined the scene when Jesus reaches down to save Peter, and I wondered if he thought about John. Could have been thinking in that moment how he saves one man but not another. And that is the most startling thing for me. Jesus saves Peter and not John all in the same chapter.

Why does Jesus save one and not the other? Jesus certainly loved John, and could have saved him. But what we can glean is this, above what we think is best God does what he wants, when he wants, for his glory. And at the end of the day God knows what he is doing. And in that moment I was reminded of the gospel.

The gospel is this, one man dies and many others are saved. Jesus the perfectly loved and obedient Son of God takes our place. The Son of God hangs on the cross facing the wrath and judgment of God so that many sons and daughters are welcomed home. And this is the “goodness” of God, unconditional grace poured out.  God does what he wants, when he want, for his glory. Who can understand God? But Scripture teaches that we can trust him, for he is good, and that is far more comforting.