“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, "Lord, save me."” Matthew 14:30 ESV
Today’s key verse is taken from a story in the Bible that is probably familiar to many of us - Jesus walking on the water (Matthew 14:22-33). In the story, we read that Jesus appeared to the disciples on the sea, a long away from the land (v.25). This understandably caused the disciples to be afraid, with some of them even thinking he was was ghost. In order to calm the disciples down, Jesus told them that it was him on the water, which caused the disciples to relax, apart from Peter who needed further confirmation that it was truly Jesus on the water. In order to prove his identity, Peter asks Jesus to command him to join him. Jesus obliged and encouraged Peter to step out of the boat and meet him on the water. It was at this point the wind began to pick up, leading Peter to be afraid and ask God to save him. The story goes on to tell us that Jesus saves Peter, but also rebukes him for his lack of faith. Afterwards, Jesus and Peter enter the boat, the wind stops and the disciples begin to worship Jesus, as this encounter is just further evidence that he is indeed the son of God.
For the purpose of today’s devotional, I want to focus on Peter and what happened to him when he left the boat and began to make his way to Jesus. As previously mentioned, once Peter left the boat the wind picked up which led to him being afraid. I think there is a great lesson we can learn from Peter and that is in all things we need to keep our eyes on Jesus, as it was when Peter took his eyes off Jesus and place them on the situation in front of him (the wind) that he began to sink. Some of us are spiritually sinking because rather than focusing on Jesus, our eyes are fixed on our situations and circumstances. Perhaps our eyes are focused on the fact that we are spiritually stagnant or maybe it's health difficulties, perhaps it’s our finances or job situation. Whatever it may be, my encouragement today is despite what we may be going through, let us keep our eyes on Jesus. Whether it’s something spiritual, emotional, physical or psychological... it doesn’t matter as long as we keep our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith he will indeed save us from sinking!
Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is indeed greater than any wind or storm you are currently facing. He is our God, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despised the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)