Scripture Reading: Matthew 14:22-33
“So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’ Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him, saying to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?'” (Matthew 14:29-31)
Most of us are familiar with the story of Peter walking on the water. The disciples were far away from land in the Sea of Galilee. A storm suddenly blew in and the boat they were in was being beaten by the waves (v. 24). In the midst of the storm, Jesus appeared, walking on the sea. The disciples were terrified, for they thought they were seeing a ghost. Jesus spoke, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid” (v. 27).
Jesus comes to us in the storms of life. He is with us now. Hear His words again, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” The Lord of all nature, the supreme Ruler of the universe, assures us of His presence and protection. He tells us not to be afraid, for He is with us in this storm.
Peter called out to Jesus, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You” (v. 28). Why would Peter make this request? Because he knew the safest place he could be was as close to Jesus as he could get. Jesus granted Peter’s request, “Come.” Jesus’ call to Peter is His call to us as we endure the storm we are experiencing. Remember these words of Jesus, “Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
Peter had the courage of faith — “So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus” (v. 29). But he quickly lost his faith — “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me'” (v. 30). What happened? Peter took his eyes off Jesus and began to focus on the wind When he did, he started sinking. Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him” (v. 31).
Some of us are fearful and anxious. It is understandable, for we are facing things we have never faced before. We are constantly bombarded with bad news. The wind and the waves seem fierce. When will the storm come to an end? We do not know, but what we do know is that Jesus has come to us in this storm. He invites us to come to Him and find rest. Let’s keep our eyes on our Lord and not on the storm. He is reaches out His hand and He will take hold of us. Hear His words, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
Lord Jesus, Lord of heaven and earth, I confess that there are times I lose the courage of faith. I get fearful and anxious. I want the storm to pass. But in my lack of faith, You come to me. You reach out Your hand and take hold of me. You assure me, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.”
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