“But Jesus immmediately said to them, ‘Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.’
‘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 caaught him. ‘You of little faith,’ He said. ‘Why did you doubt?'”
– Matthew 14:27-31 (NIV)
When life hands us the worst of circumstances, we as human beings tend to lose hope very quickly. We look at the storm surrounding us, rather than the goal (Christ) before us. We naturally allow our circumstances to become a ball-and-chain about our ankles, rather than allowing them to spur us on to greater things, as they are designed to do.
Just as Peter was overwhelmed by his cirucmstances when he took his eyes off of the greatness of Christ and fixed them on the greatness of the storm instead, so do we sink when we stop focusing on Christ and instead focus on our circumstances.
in verse 25, Jesus gave his disciples proof positive that He was who He had claimed to be all along, by walking on the water. In verse 27, He told them who He was. Together these things formed as full a revelation of the glory of God as can be given to mortal man. Peter, bolstered by the knowledge that the God of the universe was there for Him, stepped out onto the crashing waves and WALKED ON THE WATER DESPITE HIS FEAR. The problems started when he took his eyes off of Christ (who, we note, was his only goal) and focused on the wind.
But notice that Peter eventually knew to whom to turn! Verse 30 tells us that once he realized he’d made the mistake of looking in the wrong place, he called out to Jesus to save him. The really exciting part is verse 31, which informs us that Jesus “immediately” reached out to him and saved him! Hallelujah! Even the worst doubters among us can be saved.
Too often, when we do realize that we have allowed ourselves to look at our frightening circumstances, we wallow in shame and guilt. We foolishly try to rescue ourselves! We should learn from Peter’s example: He cried out to Jesus, knowing that he was in a fix from which no one but God could rescue him. And true to form, Jesus IMMEDIATELY was there for Peter, being faithful and forgiving to Peter when Peter was insulting Jesus by doubting Him.
The same is true for us today! Whatever stormy sea we are stranded on, all we must do is humble ourselves and cry out to Jesus for rescue, and HE WILL RESCUE US! He is waiting….
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)
“But He gives us more grace. That is why scripture says, ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.'” – James 4:6 (NIV)
“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” – 2Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
“And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ , after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To Him be the power forever and ever. Amen.” – 1Peter 5:10-11 (NIV)