The Men in Christ's Life: Peter
- Thursday, November 05, 2009
"Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus (Matthew 14:29).
6. Peter didn't bring the boat with him (no baggage or safety rope).
Peter stepped out of the boat alone, trusting in Jesus only. Peter didn't bring the boat with him. He jumped in the water, totally knowing he didn't need the boat. Well, this is where I am different than Peter. Sure, like Peter, I have jumped out of the boat, willing to get out of my comfort zone, but I have a tendency to bring the boat along for the walk. Just in case this doesn't work out the way I want it to, I have the boat with me. I can always go back to what is safe, what is secure and what I know.
God's Word says you can't be in-between; you can't ride the fence. There is no such thing as a lukewarm Christian. You either are for him or against him. You need to get out of the boat or stay in it. I am thankful for God's grace, as I continue to try to make the right decisions.
So, because you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold, I am about to spit you out of my mouth (Revelation 3:16).
7. Peter took his eyes off of Jesus, just like I do.
Peter as we know, took his eyes off of Jesus, started to notice the storm around him and began to sank. The more he felt defeat, the more defeated he became. Don't we all do this? I mean to follow the Lord in all things but sometimes I just don't trust him enough. Or, I am afraid of what trusting him will look like. I mean, Jesus might take me to a place I have never been and that frightens me. Why can't we realize that any place with Jesus is better than any place without him?
But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" (Matthew 14:30).
8. Peter knew what to do when we fall into sin.
Peter had taken his eyes off of Jesus. Peter allowed his circumstances to draw more attention than what Jesus offered. He allowed fear to creep in, hopelessness and despair. We can all be like Peter at one time or another. Our life situations can be so hard to deal with. Without a deep relationship with God, it's easy to give in to the power of our circumstances over the power of the Lord. Peter had learned from the Lord though. As soon as he realized he couldn't save himself (or in my case, I couldn't fix it myself; I wouldn't have time to swim back to the boat or ask my friends for help), Peter yelled out to God to save him. He had learned from the past, from spending time with Jesus that Jesus was the answer in all situations. He knew Jesus was the only one who could save him. Are you still looking around to others to save you when only Christ can save you? (Click here to read more about salvation.)
Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always (1 Chronicles 16:11).
9. Jesus reminded Peter, like he does with all of us, that we need not to doubt.
Jesus gives us clear direction: seek ME first. Keep your eyes on the Lord. This is the only way to know for sure that God is in control; otherwise, we are in control (well, we think we are). If God is in control and he wants the best for us, surely we should not fear, even in the middle of the storm. What is also great here is that Jesus did remind Peter. Jesus knows our weaknesses. He is ready to remind us daily as we seek him.
Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" (Matthew 14:31).
10. Sometimes Jesus doesn't stop the storm. Just like with Peter, he is there to walk in it and through it with us.
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