And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him. – Matthew 14:29-30a
The reality of Peter’s decision to leave the boat nearly takes my breath away. He rationalized that it was better to be with Jesus in the storm than to stay in the safety of the boat!
Peter instinctively knew that even though his current circumstances were terrifying and his choice to leave the vessel was ludicrous, all he had to do was put one foot in front of the other and walk to Jesus. He stared into the eyes of the One who ordained the storm, the One who controlled the storm and the only One who could calm the storm, and he walked on water.
As the wind howled, however, fear gripped and began to overtake him. No doubt this wave of terror was fueled by a desperate enemy in an attempt to disrupt the union between Peter and his Lord. As the water began to envelop him, he panicked and when he could do nothing to save himself, Jesus intervened.
Just as Peter sunk upon taking his eyes off of the Lord, so will we. When our fears rage, we must call out to Jesus, focus on Him, and tread upon the storm into the safety of His arms.
Thank you Jesus that you are in the midst of every storm I experience. You truly never leave me or forsake me. Amen.
What do you think got Peter to leave the boat?
What role did fear play in this beautiful exchange between Peter and Jesus?
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