Jesus was right there!
Peter was afraid. He didn’t have to be, but he was. We can understand it; first the boat was being pounded by waves because of a storm. Then, he saw what he thought was a ghost walking on water in the middle of a storm. Then, he was standing incredibly on water, but the wind was so strong. So, Peter was afraid.
Even though Jesus was right there. Even though Jesus was walking on the very water that was threatening to take his life.
We know what the problem was; he took his eyes off Jesus and doubt overshadowed his faith.
What pulls our eyes of faith away from Jesus? What are the waves and wind in our lives that make us doubt him? We never have to be afraid, but sometimes we are anyway.
Peter did two things right: he cried out, “Lord, save me!” and he worshipped Jesus when he did.
Let us keep our eyes on Jesus, the Son of God, our Savior. There will always be storms. There will always be danger. There will always be a reason to be afraid. And Jesus will always be with us.
Matthew 14:22–33 (EHV)
22Immediately Jesus urged the disciples to get into the boat and to go ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23After he had dismissed the crowd, he went up onto the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone. 24By then the boat was quite a distance from shore, being pounded by the waves because the wind was against it. 25In the fourth watch of the night, Jesus came toward them, walking on the sea. 26When the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified and cried out in fear, “It’s a ghost!” 27But Jesus spoke to them at once, saying, “Take heart! It is I! Do not be afraid.” 28Peter answered him and said, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” 29Jesus said, “Come!”
Peter stepped down from the boat, walked on the water, and went toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the strong wind, he was afraid. As he began to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. 33Those who were in the boat worshipped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God!”
God bless you,
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