Would you have the faith?

“Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.  “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I.  Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?””

– Matthew 14:22-31

Okay, I admit it:  I am jealous of Peter.  Peter had the faith to step out of the boat, and start walking towards Jesus.  I cannot even begin to fathom how large of a step that must have been for Peter.

Peter was a fisherman.  He knew the dangers of being on a windy lake.  The waves could wash over the boat, and a person could drown.  Despite all of this knowledge, Peter goes to Jesus when He calls Peter out.

In our daily lives, do we get up and go when God calls us?  I have answered a few calls, but I have ignored more calls than I have answered.

“Sorry, God, I am busy that weekend.”

“Sorry, God, I don’t know how.”

“Get someone else, God.  I am not interested in that ministry!”

Notice what happens next to Peter.  He loses focus, and starts to sink.  Now that is a situation I can relate to all too well.  I have too often taken my focus off of God, and have found myself sinking in the midst of the winds.  When this happens, I know what to do, though.  Peter showed us how to recover.  He called on Jesus, and regained his focus.  Jesus once more reaches out to Peter, as He will to us, and catches him.

I take comfort in knowing that I, too, can call out to Jesus when I am in trouble.  My goal, however, is to not lose focus on Jesus.  If I stay focused, my feet will stay dry.

I challenge each of you to stay dry by staying focused.

In Him,


November 07 2009 07:16 pm | General

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