“Lord, if it’s You,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to You on the water.”
“Come,” He said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:28-31
Do you wonder why this story made it into the Bible? I believe that our Creator has selected each word, and story for His blessed instruction manual. He instructs us as well as warns and encourages us through all of the pages of His Word.
Peter had enough faith to cry out to Jesus and to get out of the boat. That act alone took a great measure of faith and courage! There are a few moments when he is actually walking on the water to Christ. Then, he starts to sink. Fear steps in when the wind of the storm gets his attention. With his eyes off Christ, he starts to sink.
Jesus reaches out to Peter when he cries out, “Lord, save me!” Our Lord will ALWAYS reach out for His children when we ask to be saved. His compassion is endless.
Upon reaching the boat, Jesus rebuked Peter for his lack of faith. Doubt in the abilities of Christ to keep him safe from the storm was Peter’s undoing. By taking his eyes off Christ and setting them on his surrounding circumstances, he allowed disaster to strike.
So now, what circumstances in your life have caused you to take your eyes off God? Did you start out like Peter, trusting Him to take care of you? Did you walk for some time in your personal storm with Christ? Were you surprised and amazed at the progress you were making in such a challenging and dangerous journey? How long were your eyes fixed on Jesus and not the swirling waves around you? Why did your eyes leave the assurance and love of your Master? What made you look away?
If you are in a storm right now, this story should encourage, instruct, guide, and possibly rebuke you. Do not be like Peter. Keep your eyes fixed on your Savior and not your circumstances. He will see you through the toughest and scariest of storms. You have a purpose. He has a plan for you. Let the storm serve to deepen your faith and do not doubt that He holds you in the palm of His hand. He is your strength and your shield. Let the storms come. You have nothing to fear. Just keep looking into His loving eyes and you will be safe.
There is a PS
IF you have taken your eyes off Christ and you feel yourself slipping into the sea of despair, cry out to the Lord. Just as Jesus saved Peter from a watery grave, He will save you too. God had plans for Peter so death was not even an option that stormy night. He has plans for you too. So, put your focus back on Christ and cry out to Him. You will find yourself placed back in the safety of your boat and He will calm your storm with these two simple words, “Be still.”
“Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 (EVS)