PETER, DREAD & JESUS: DOUBT DROWNS US, BUT FAITH LIFTS US UP

Posted: April 2, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!'”

– Matthew 14:30 NIV

During the time my sister, mother and I met for bible study under the theme Believing God for a Better Quality of Life, the story of the sick woman and Peter’s encounter with Christ on the water became a consistent and constant source of encouragement and inspiration for me. The sick woman’s life and encounter with Christ reminded me of the necessity of and reinforced the principles of persistence and perseverance. For a time my journal entry logs would include the prayer to God for His assistance to help me press forward, push through and persevere beyond what was occurring at the moment towards the place of destiny I am believing Him to bring me into.

The story of Peter with Jesus on the water reminds me and reinforces the necessity of praying as you follow the will of God for your life in Christ, especially when you feel like you’re sinking. Peter, and the disciples, have been directed to get into the boat and go to the other side, but Jesus does not join them in the boat when they depart. The bible mentions that after Jesus feeds the multitude and ushers His disciples to go in the direction He sends them, Jesus then goes up on a mountain side to spend time in prayer and remains there for hours.

While on the water, going in the direction they were directed to go in, the disciples encounter great oppositional winds that prevent them from progressing in the direction they were told to go. Jesus decides to go to them even though they are a great distance from shore. As He approaches, they see Jesus off in the distance believing He is a ghost. He speaks peace to them to ease them in their distress and the duress of the opposition they were facing on the water. Boldly, Peter cries out, ‘Lord if it is you, bid me to come!’ In response to his petition, Jesus tells Peter to come and Peter begins to step out of the boat and walk on the water towards Jesus. The bible says that Peter saw the wind, became afraid and began to sink. Peter saw the effects of the wind on the water, taking his eyes off Jesus, and began to sink.

What I find interesting about Peter’s encounter with Christ is that he was not afraid to step out of the boat when he realized the ghost he thought he saw was his Master, Jesus. Peter was more comfortable being out on the water with Christ than remaining in the comfort zone of the boat. I believe Peter was being compelled to step out, with faith, because there was a strong connection Peter began to develop with Jesus, I believe, because of what Peter saw Jesus do and how it made him feel being in close proximity to the One who consistently performed the miraculous.

As we grow in Christ we learn to go in the direction He prompts us to go towards, success, fulfillment and prosperity and then, suddenly, without warning we are faced with great opposition in continuing in the progress we have been making in our faith walk with Christ. Yet, something deep within us compel us to go forward, to step out of the comfort zone of life and the security of taking the path of least resistance. By His grace and power, we become like Peter walking on impossible odds despite the reality of our current conditions, because we believe the Lord bids us to move forward and look to Him as we strive to press forward.

Somehow, we become distracted by the reality of what we are walking by faith with Christ through and the reality of what’s happening around us distracts us from remaining focused on Jesus while we’re walking with Him towards the fullness of life He came for us to have. Doubt and the dread of the reality of what he faced caused Peter to drown, but Peter knew to cry out to Jesus and immediately, the bible says Jesus raised Peter out of the water. Peter’s life reminds me to step out of the comfort zone of life, the path of least resistance and walk with Him on the appearance of what is unstable and allow His grace and power to carry me towards the fullness of life He came for me to have. He is always there to catch me when I cry out because I feel like I’m sinking!

May God bless you and help you to go in the direction He leads you in and step out, with faith, into where He bids you to come so you can experience His power and grace in ways you have not yet known to experience the fullness of life Christ came for you to have.

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