"But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me." Matthew 14:30
Peter had the courage to step out of the boat and walk on water at Jesus' command. But after he started walking, he started sinking. What caused Peter to sink? Was it the fact that what he was doing was impossible? Was it pride that he was walking on water? Was it concern about what the other disciples would think about him? No, to all. It was fear.
Peter was walking until he got afraid. He got afraid because he looked at the stormy wind. The great lesson for us is two-fold: fear will stop us, fear will hinder us, fear will cause us to lose hope, fear will cause us to sink. Secondly, we will not fall prey to fear or be defeated by it if we keep our eyes on Jesus and off the situation that is promoting the fear.
Where are you looking this morning? At your circumstance? At the storm? At all that is raging around you? At the impossibility of what you are involved in? Or are you looking at Jesus? Jesus is the one who calms the storms, and who walks with us through them. Jesus is the one who told Peter to come when he asked. Jesus was on top of the stormy sea-- it was under His feet. It was under Peter's feet too. Jesus was the one close by and reaching out when Peter did begin to sink. He doesn't leave us in the storm or rough places-- even when we let fear start defeating us.
Jesus is with you as well, walking on top of your circumstance. Keep your eyes on Him and you will keep fear from coming in to "sink" you.
Have a great day. Fear will sink you, but keeping your eyes on Jesus will sink fear.
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