Oh, how often we have begun to be and do what God has for us to be and do only to get off focus from the task onto the physical reality and seeming impossibility of accomplishing it! Peter’s faith in Matthew 14:28-31 shows that he could do the physically impossible. He walked on water, not ice, WATER! Peter’s distraction from Jesus made him focus on his human inabilities and powerlessness, and this caused him to be afraid.
Jesus loves us all so much that He is always ready to rescue us from our storms and fears His only wonderment is that we so easily focus off His powers and onto our powerlessness. He wasn’t mad at Peter. He merely taught him a lesson of faith that transcended his humanity.
Encouraging Scripture: Matthew 14:28-31
And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come out to You on the water”. So, He 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, “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?”
Father God, thanks for empowering me to be and do what You have for me to be and do. Help me to always keep my focus on You and Your hand upon me in power, strength and encouragement. Help me not to look at the physical impossibility of the task You have given me to do and to hold onto what You say in You word that with You, all things are possible. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Things to Think, Pray and Journal About
1. Have you ever been in a situation like Peter where you asked God to empower you to do something you couldn’t do on your own and you did okay for a while only to sink like Peter did and call out to Jesus for help? Did He? Were you angry at yourself? If so, did you forgive yourself?
2. Do you know the difference between being impulsive (like Peter) and being filled with the Holy Spirit’s power equipping you to be and do what you need to be and do? How much time did you spend in prayer? When did you move forward and take action?
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