After the performing of the miracle of feeding the five thousand, Jesus sent his disciples ahead in their boat as he went to pray and thank God for the miracle. What happens next is what I like to call Focus on Faith. As Jesus approaches the boat while walking on the water each of the disciples were in fear that they were seeing some sort of ghost. Jesus tells them to not be afraid that it was indeed him. Matthew 14:24-32
Peter in a moment of boldness said “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” Jesus replied “Come.”
The scripture tells us the result of Peter’s statement that results in three things.
First, Peter had great faith. The Bible says that Peter stepped out of the boat. My thought is that Peter having extreme faith leapt from the boat.
“So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus.”
Peter was the only one of the disciples that had enough trust and faith that this man was the true son of God. And if he said come that HE would protect him.
Next, Peter lost focus and thereby experienced doubt.
“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out “Lord save me.”
Peter was indeed a man of faith but in an instance when he took his eyes off of Christ doubt set in and he began to perish.
Lastly, Peter’s faith was renewed by grace
Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him saying ,
“Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt.” And when they got into the boat the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshipped him saying “truly you are the son of God.”
My life and relationship with Christ has been like this encounter with Peter. There have been times where I stepped out in great faith and have experienced the abundant life that God promises. There have also been times when I grew afraid and uncertain about things in life. And just like Peter I cried out for the Lord to save me. I have also experienced God”s grace and mercy in those times and my faith has been renewed.
I believe that each of us can experience the joy of the Lord and victory that his grace and mercy gives us when we follow this simple acronym.
We an find victory and live the abundant life that God has planned for us when we remember what God has done for us. It is so peaceful to know that it isn’t about what we’ve done but what Christ has done for us. Sometimes we forget where we once were and fee less than blessed. However, if we can only gain a glimpse of where we once were and who we once were I believe we can have a renewal of our faith and trust that in Christ we can be delivered through our current trials and troubles.
So today, as we try and keep our eyes fixated on Christ remember this account of Peter with Jesus. It wasn’t the first nor the last of significance, but it was an example of just how important that it is to stay focused on what truly matters in life. And it should remind us of just how important that it is to stay in a committed daily relationship with Christ even when we grow fearful of the waves or storms in our lives.
God bless you and please know that Brenda and I love you, and that God does too!