Today’s Scripture: And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Matthew 14:28-33
The disciples were out on the Sea of Galilee all night. After being stuck in a storm for hours, Jesus walked out to meet them in the wee hours of the morning. The boatful of disciples were terrified. Knowing humans cannot walk on water, they supposed it to be a spirit, but Christ called out, telling them not to fear. This is where Peter showed an incredible amount of faith. Peter asked Christ to call him out onto the water. Jesus said, “Come,” so Peter walked out of the boat toward Christ. Peter was now doing something that no other human had ever done.
But then his eyes turned towards the storm. He forgot about the Savior standing beside him – the One Who was allowing him to walk on the water. All he could think about was the howling storm and the fact that humans cannot walk on water. As he cried out to be saved, Jesus immediately reached out and caught him. Jesus was right there with Peter the whole time, but Peter focused on the impossible situation he was in and began to doubt.
We need to remember that Jesus is with us through every storm. No matter how it may seem, God is in control and has called us into the storms we face. If we trust Him, we can do incredible, even impossible things through his power.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.