Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
Matthew 14:22-33 (ESV) Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” 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.” Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Attached is a picture of the Sea of Galilee at the shore, with a fairly mild wind. Imagine if it was a storm and you were in a boat in the middle of the sea. It could be kinda scary. Then in the middle of the night, you see a person coming along, walking on the sea? No wonder the disciples freaked out. Peter initially responds in faith, but then when he took his eyes off Jesus, he started to falter and sink. Fortunately, he knows Who to call when he is in trouble, and Jesus was right there to save him. We should be somewhat like Peter, quick to trust Jesus, but not lose sight of Him! Even though faith in Jesus will not prevent us from having problems, if we stay focused on Jesus instead of our circumstances, life will be much better. Thank you, Jesus for loving us despite our failures. Thank you for helping us to help others.