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!
Matthew 14:28-30 (NASB) 28 Peter said to Him, “Lord if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
Here is an excerpt from a song that Casting Crowns sings: ‘But the waves are calling out my name and they laugh at me. Reminding me of all the times I’ve tried before and failed. The waves they keep on telling me, time and time again, boy, you’ll never win! You’ll never win! – But the voice of truth tells me a different story.’
Are you contemplating getting out of the boat? Are you even in the boat? Am I? Peter was brash and outspoken and he had guts. He took a chance and put his leg over the side of the boat and got out. He wanted to be where Jesus was even if it was walking on water. Do we? What do we do to get where Jesus is? Are we listening for Him and to Him? Do we mind getting ‘uncomfortable’ for Christ? What would happen if we got out of the boat?
The voice of truth, Jesus, will not let us sink. If He has called us to come – to step out of the boat onto the water – He will be there with us every step of the way. Our spiritual goal is to be where He is at all times. Because where Jesus is, either out on the water or not, there is peace, contentment, love, grace and mercy. God is calling us to get out of our comfort zone. He is calling us to be a light for His glory to a lost and dying world. And when He calls…He also equips. He watches over us so that if we begin to sink a little in the water, all we have to do is call out His name and His hand is there for us to hold to.
My prayer is that I get out of the boat…that if I hear the waves and start to sink I call on the name of my Savior, Jesus…that people around me see who is walking beside me on the water. How about you?
I pray everyone has a GREAT and BLESSED day.