Peter’s Soggy Stroll

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Recall the narrative in Matthew 14 where the disciples were on the stormy seas and in the fourth watch of the night saw Jesus walking on the sea.

Peter, always wanting to be close to His Lord yelled out to Jesus and Jesus answered:

Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” 29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me! (Mt. 14:28-30).”

So Jesus called for Peter to “Come!”  Peter obeyed, got out of the boat and walked over the sea to Jesus.  The passage says Peter “seeing the wind, he became frightened.

Picture this in your own mind.petersinks

You are walking on the water, not through it—on it! The wind is blowing, there is spray coming off the waves hitting you, the waves are undulating beneath your sandaled feet so you have to climb the wave peaks and not lose your balance in the troughs.

Peter wasn’t watching the Lord anymore, he was scrutinizing his environment and didn’t like what he was seeing and feeling.

So perhaps the boat is your church body.  While we are in the boat we have help, encouragement, and support.  The waves of the seas, the world, are already crashing over the bow, but we’re together.

Sometimes for varying reasons we have to go it alone.  We have to step out or stand up on our own.  Now we are more vulnerable . . . at least that is what the world wants us to think.

The winds blow harder and colder, the waves look higher, and we’re only one person.  We don’t have a chance!

But it is the world that has no chance.  Christ declared to us that “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.”[1]

Can they call us names, hit us, or kill us?  Yep, absolutely.  But then we are with Jesus in person.

God is in control of each and every situation.  The game is already won; it was won when Jesus rose from the tomb and ascended to the Father.

Game over—we win.

 

[1] Heb. 13:5

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