I was recently listening to a message about faith. And in that message the story about Peter walking on the water to Jesus was used as an example. Peter acted on his faith and trust in Jesus and when Jesus told Peter to come to Him, he stepped out in that faith. This story is often used in messages on faith. And the main point is usually “don’t take your eyes off of Jesus” for when Peter started focusing on the wind and waves around him instead of on Jesus, he began to sink. But in this message I was listening to, the minister brought out a point that I’d never seen before. The storm didn’t stop when Jesus reached His hand out to Peter to save him. The storm didn’t stop until they got into the boat. Jesus didn’t stop the storm to save Peter. Jesus saved Peter in the midst of the storm and walked with him until the storm was over. I am very thankful to Jesus when He brings the storms in my life to an end. And often times, that is the crux of my prayer – for Jesus to stop them. But I am also very thankful that I don’t go through those storms alone. Jesus is always walking right along with me. And, if at any time, I allow my eyes to focus on the wrong things and start to sink, Jesus, in His great love and mercy, reaches out and pulls me out of it. Even though the storm rages on around me, we walk above it together. And I have confidence I will always reach the other side!
“So He (Jesus) said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.” Matthew 14:29-32