Matthew 14:28-33 And Peter answered Him, “Lord if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” He said, “Come.” 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. “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped Him saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” (my emphasis).
Peter did something the other eleven did not do, he got out of the boat. I wonder if you or I were there – would we have had the courage to ask Jesus the question Peter did and then do what Jesus said. I like to hope I would but can’t really say for sure.
The problem for Peter began when he took his eyes off Jesus and focused on the wind and waves around him. And if we would admit it – we sometimes do the exact same thing.
Yet, when Peter cried out to the Lord – IMMEDIATELY – He reached out and took hold of Peter and kept Him from going under. Thank you Jesus, that you still do that today for us.
Many times I have focused on the issues or problems I have encountered rather than the One who can help me get through. I have tried to ‘fix’ things myself, figuring that if I could just control things a little they would straighten out. But like Peter, I have then had to cry out to Jesus to save me.
Immediately, Jesus has been there to help. It has not always been the way I expected or maybe even the way I wanted but He was there. He has never let me go under.
If you have a relationship with Him – He won’t let you go under either! He hears your cries – IMMEDIATELY and reaches out to catch you. That’s a promise!
Tree Rings. Heard about them? If you cut a cross-section of a tree you can see the results of the change in the growth speed through the seasons of the year. One ring usually marks the passage of one year in the life of a tree.
There are things that happen to the tree that can create differences in the rings. Abundant rain can make the ring wide where as drought can make them thin. A harsh winter or hot summer can effect the look of the rings. Fire, lightning, pests all can damage the growth of a tree which in turn affects how the rings look.
Did you realize our growth in Christ can be determined, not by rings, but by how much we mirror His teachings?
The more we commune with Jesus, the more time we spend on our relationship with Him by studying His word, the more we become like Him. If we praise God and seek His kingdom for our lives, we can only become what He has called us to me.
We may have seasons of drought, so to speak, but that does not mean that we go backwards in our walk. There will be times of trials, times where life just seems to be our worst enemy. But if we just keep searching, keep praising, keep loving Him and He will send us the rain we need for our souls.
He is a good God and will give us the desires of our heart if we follow Him.
Therefore, believers, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you [be sure that your behavior reflects and confirms your relationship with God]; for by doing these things [actively developing these virtues], you will never stumble [in your spiritual growth and will live a life that leads others away from sin];
2 Peter 1:10 (AMP)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Don’t depend on your skills. Give Him the glory for your accomplishments and He will make sure you’re on the right road.
Why do I trust in Jesus? Because He has always been faithful to me.
When I didn’t listen.
When I was rebellious.
When I put other things in my life before Him.
When I tried to make it without Him.
When I refused to acknowledge Him.
When I allowed my life to become a complete mess and still wanted everything my way.
There is nothing greater than realizing that the relationship you can have with Jesus is truly a very personal one. It’s not an abstract concept. It is a friendship, a mentorship, a very real relationship.
He desires us to get to know Him. Jesus longs for a one on one relationship with each of His children. TRUST.
Trust Him to be your:
Lover of your soul