Sunday, October 24, 2010

Get Out of the Boat!

"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."

"Come," he said. (Matt 14:28-29)

How many times have we done the same thing as Jesus' disciple, Peter? How many times have we asked Jesus to help us? How many times have we, like Peter, been afraid to step out by faith?

"Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus." (Matt 14:29)

After Peter got out of the boat, he was fine as long as he kept his eyes on Jesus!

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" (Matt 14:30)

Only when he began looking at the natural circumstances did he become fearful and start to sink into the water. In Peter's moment of desperation though, he cried out to the Lord for His help.

Isn't that how it is with us too? We only begin to sink when we look at our natural circumstances. When we take our eyes off Jesus, we begin to sink into fear, discouragement, doubt, unbelief, or depression. Sometimes, it is only during those desperate times in our lives that we cry out to Jesus for His help.

Immediately, Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" (Matt 14:31)

However, just like Peter, Jesus is always there for us! He is reaching out his hand to catch us! When we feel like we are falling into the clutches of the enemy, Jesus is also saying to us..."why did you doubt?"

In addition, 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."

In all circumstances, let us always remember to keep our eyes focused on Jesus! (Heb 12:2) Also, let us not forget that He is always with us! He will never leave us or forsake us! (Deut 31:8) Remember, He really is the Son of the living God! (Matt 16:16)

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