This is what God gave me today in His word:
And Peter answered him, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.” So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” (Matthew 14:28-30)
Notice the train of events: first, Peter asks to come closer to Christ; to walk to Him on the water. Jesus responds by telling Peter, “Come.” So, Peter goes. Yet, then his focus point shifts from Jesus, to the winds and the waves surrounding him; he takes his eyes off the one keeping him afloat; his salvation, if you will, and focuses instead on the troubles surrounding him. This leads in turn to Peter beginning to sink, and having to cry out for help.
Sometimes it can seem like we’re closer to God than ever before; we’re inseparable from the Bible, and it seems like God is continually giving us new revelations; it can seem like we’re just continually growing closer to Christ. And, so long as we keep the Gospel as our focus; so long as we keep Jesus in focus, we’ll continue growing closer to Him. It’s when we lose sight of Christ, that we get swamped. Yes, troubles, and sin struggles, are a part of life. But we should never lose focus of Him whose able to keep us safe! Jesus is more powerful than wind, and He’s certainly more powerful than whatever troubles we may bring.
Jesus died that we may live, it’s not as if He’ll now abandon us to drown in despair, or get swamped in sin, if we’ll just look to Him for our help. The waves won’t help us, the wind won’t help us, only Jesus Christ can. So let’s learn from Peter’s mistake, and keep our eyes on what’s most important.
You are Loved!