29 “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
This story is often retold from the point of view of Peter’s lack of faith and consequent sinking! However, we must not overlook that it was Peter alone who asked to be called and walked on the water, when Jesus said, “Come”. Having responded to the call of Jesus, Peter begins to look at his circumstances; when he sees the wind he becomes afraid and begins to sink. There is a pattern and a lesson here for all us. Go when Jesus calls, when our circumstances become threatening don’t be afraid. Fear will cause us to sink, in fact fear will create a lot of problems for us and make things worse, don’t be afraid. It’s the one thing that God always seems to be asking from us – our trust (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God, Jesus and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- What is one way you can apply this truth to your life today?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the Thailand Team going to work with House of Grace is a rescue home for girls in danger of being bought and sold into prostitution.