But when he looked around at the high waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. - Matthew 14:30
Peter, having overcome his fear of Jesus, decided to walk on the water, too! He was wise enough to wait until Jesus told him it was all right to try. Then he clambered over the side of his boat to go to him.
As soon as we get over our fear of the supernatural by recognizing and acknowledging God’s lordship over everything in heaven and on earth, we will want to experience that power for ourselves. I believe, for example, that Jesus could do extraordinary things. Not only could he heal sick people, he could keep his temper, be unselfish, and always say the right thing.
Can I do what Jesus did? Can I stride over the circumstances of my life in triumph? Can I walk over the waters of worries and fears? Yes, if I keep my eyes on him.
Peter unfortunately forgot who was keeping him afloat and started to look at the reasons he should be sinking. As soon as we do that, we are sunk! Peter had been afraid to face the supernatural. Having overcome that fear, he then became afraid he couldn’t depend on God to see him through.
It’s a matter of keeping our eyes on Jesus, not on the storm. And remember, if we begin to sink, we can cry out to him. He will put out his hand and save us. It’s important to him that we continue on in faith and succeed in the tasks to which he has called us!
For Further Study: Matthew 14:22-33
Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for Women, Copyright ©2000 by Jill Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.
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