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!”
When Peter and the disciples were out on the Sea of Galilee, they didn’t anticipate the storm that blew in around them. And they certainly didn’t expect to see someone walking toward them across the waves! Although Jesus identified himself, Peter wanted proof.
“If you’re really the Master,” Peter yelled, “tell me to come meet you!” So, of course, Jesus did just that. And without thinking about it, Peter got out of the little boat and put one foot in front of the other. He took a step and then another—until suddenly his faith gave way to logic, reason, and fear. How in the world could he be walking on water?
Christ makes it clear to Peter and to us that faith sustains us, taking us far beyond what we believe possible. Even when we fall and find ourselves foundering and sputtering in deep waters, Jesus rescues us and gets us back on our feet.
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Pray: “I want to have the kind of faith Peter displayed, Lord. The kind that gets out of the boat and takes the next step, with my eyes fixed on you.”