“Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. ‘You of little faith,’ He said. ‘Why did you doubt?’” —Matthew 14:31
We are so easily influenced by what we see.
In this passage we see Jesus walking on the water, approaching His disciples. As He draws near, He says, “Don’t be afraid” (verse 27). It’s evident that fear was in that boat that day.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.” —2 Timothy 1:7
When Jesus speaks, the fear leaves. Peter is scared in that boat, but when Jesus speaks suddenly Peter gets bold and says, “Lord, if it’s You, tell me to come to You on the water.” And Jesus says, “Come” (v 28-29).
This brother was doing it! Peter went out on top of the water towards Jesus. But then in verse 30 it says, “When he saw. . .”
Outside circumstances often threaten to distract us. But if we have laser focus on Jesus and listen to what He commands us to do, it doesn’t matter what else is going on around us because we know that He will never leave us.
We need to have eyes that are fixed on Jesus, able to see past the distractions of this world. The wind didn’t suddenly become boisterous when Peter stepped out of the boat, it was probably already windy, but it wasn’t until Peter took his eyes off of Jesus that he began to fear again.
But as Peter began to sink, he cried out to Jesus. He didn’t try to jump back into the boat and he didn’t try to yell to his fellow fishermen, he looked to Jesus to save him.
“Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him” (v. 31).
Jesus immediately came to the rescue of Peter. Even when we don’t get it right, His mercy is everlasting. Jesus is always interested in drawing us closer to Him. And He knows that this will take time, but that’s why we need mercy and grace.
The Christian that you were 18 months ago should not be the Christian that you are today. The Christian that you are today should not be the Christian you are 18 months from now. Jesus never wants you to stay the same, He wants you to be taking steps closer to Him everyday. If we didn’t need to grow, we wouldn’t need His grace. The grace of Christ empowers us to become more like Him. It empowers us to trust in Him. It empowers us to love others as He does.
It doesn’t matter what happens to you in life, it only matters how you respond. Jesus brings peace—He is peace. No matter how crazy it looks on the outside, the alternative to not leaning in and trusting Jesus leads to disaster.
“And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, ‘Truly You are the Son of God’” (v. 32-33).
Look at the disciples’ reaction here. Our response to God’s deliverance is for us to worship Him. I bet you anything Peter worshipped Jesus more than any of the other disciples in that moment. In the same way, we should be in a constant state of worshipping the One who delivered us.
—LaMorris Crawford, Chaplain of the Cincinnati Bengals
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