“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)
Most of us have read this scripture and wrongly judged Peter for sinking in the water. Haven’t we all been guilty of doubting God at times? I so admire Peter for having the faith in Jesus and the courage to step out of the boat and walk on water toward Him. ! We have to remember that the other disciples stayed in the boat where it seemed safe, but Peter, in his boldness and hunger for more of God, stepped out of the boat with his eyes on Jesus.
This scripture/story is a wonderful lesson. Many times as we look to Jesus for a miracle, He’ll ask us to step out of our boat in faith, believe in Him and walk on water (the impossible). Dear friends, what storm or raging sea is facing you today? Is it financial, relationship problems, dead-end job/career, health issues, etc.?
Whatever is facing you with its big waves crashing all around your boat, look into the midst of your storm and you’ll see Jesus. No, He won’t be on the banks of the sea waiting for you to come ashore, He’ll be right there with you telling you to NOT be afraid.
In love and encouragement, you’ll hear Him gently saying, “Come, step out of your boat in faith, believe and follow me.” As you begin to walk in faith, believing, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” (Philippians 4:13) you will be attacked by the devil on all sides trying to get you to take your eyes off Jesus and focus on your problems instead.
Satan loves discouragement. Please don’t give in to it! Be reassured, Jesus WILL NOT leave you! If you begin sinking, His gentle hand will reach for you and save you from drowning in your problems. What a loving Savior!
God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13: 5-6)
Do you hear God’s voice calling you to believe in His Word for your miracle? Today, trust in Jesus who will save you from the raging storm! Don’t give up and remember He loves you!
It’s time to step out of our boat, get our feet wet, and walk in faith toward Jesus. God is looking for perfection. He’s looking for willingness and faith!