“So, Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. ‘Save me, Lord!’ he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him.” -Matthew 14:29-31
Peter was on a boat during a heavy storm and saw Jesus walking on the water towards the boat. He tells Jesus that if it is really Him, to let him walk out to Jesus on the water. And Jesus told him to come. So, Peter puts a foot over the edge of the boat and steps out onto the water. He starts to walk to Jesus but then Peter starts to look at the storm all around him.
And he begins to sink.
He was the only sinful human being to ever walk on water, and yet even in that moment he lost his focus. He quit thinking about the miracle he was a part of and began to worry about the wind and waves around Him.
But don’t we do the same thing?
We try to stay focused on Jesus. But then life happens, and we get distracted. We start to pay attention to the storms in our life, the circumstances we can’t fix, and the overwhelming demands on our time. We rush through our days and forget to pray. We toss and turn at night, worrying about what is going to happen. We talk to everyone we know to get advice and forget to ask the One who holds our very life.
Our dilemma is that we tend to focus on our problems, instead of focusing on the One who could help us solve them.Tweet
And yet, even when we get lost staring at the storm there is still grace.
The bible says that when Peter cried out to Him, Jesus was immediately there to save him. He didn’t wait for Peter to figure out how to save himself. He didn’t wait for Peter to apologize, to repent, to clean up his act, or anything else like that. All Peter had to do was cry out to Jesus.
And Jesus was there right away to rescue him.
When we take our eyes off Jesus and look at the storms around us, it can be easy to become overwhelmed. But if we cry out to Him, Jesus will immediately be there to save us. With Him we can walk confidently through it all.Tweet
- As we head into a new week are you feeling overwhelmed with the storms you are going through?
- Are you feeling lost in the chaos of life?
- Perhaps, you have lost your focus?
Don’t beat yourself up, because we all lose our focus sometimes. Just cry out to Jesus. Let His love surround you and His strong arms uphold you. He will be your shelter in the storm.
He will help you walk above the waves!
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