“Jesus immediately reached out His hand and took hold of him, saying to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’” (Matthew 14:31)
Jesus then sent the people away and took some time to go and be alone with His Father in prayer. It was at that point that a significant trial came into the lives of the disciples and a valuable lesson was learned.
Have you ever felt like God sent you off all by yourself into the depths of a storm? As a child of God, is that really possible? While we may feel abandoned, let us not forget that wonderful promise of our Lord,
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
It was at the moment of greatest need and the point of greatest darkness, that Jesus appeared to the disciples as He came walking on the water. In the excitement of the moment, Peter asked permission to join the Lord on the sea. However, as he began to walk, he took his eyes off of the Lord and began to sink.
How often we are just like Peter! Just a few hours before he had seen over 5,000 people fed with a little boy’s lunch and now Jesus was walking on water in the middle of a storm and for a moment, Peter was thoroughly caught up in what God was doing to the point that he was participating in the miracle.
Unfortunately, Peter’s excitement and faith did not last. He took his eyes off of the One who was doing the work and began to focus on the situation instead of the Savior. If we are to live a victorious life in Christ, we must keep our focus; we must not forget the power and provision of the Savior in the midst of perilous times.
Little Faith, Big God: Grace to Grow When Your Faith Feels Small
What if I told you God cares more about you than your performance? Let the ordinary people from Hebrews 11 show you how to live strong and finish well.
Come and Gather: Family Time With God published with permission
Pastor Jeremy Sweatt, Farmington Avenue Baptist Church, West Hartford, Connecticut
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