Matthew 14:30-31-“But when [Peter] saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, ‘Lord, save me!’ And immediately, Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, ‘Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?'”
Reflections: I truly love this story! It convicts me EVERY TIME. The disciple, who bravely volunteers and ventures out on this faith walk, eyes focused on Jesus, suddenly begins to doubt and fear as he steps away from safety and familiarity and into what he believes to be a shaky situation. His enthusiasm wanes and is quickly replaced by panic as he faces the rolling waves, and slowly, he begins to sink. He’s taken his eyes off of Jesus, and now is quickly being overwhelmed and dragged under by his circumstances.
Sound familiar? It’s definitely a common scenario for me. So many times, I have taken my eyes off of Jesus, forgotten that He is always right there beside me, and begun flailing in panic because the challenge I am facing makes me feel like I am drowning. I forget about all of the times He has seen me through and brought me out, and all of the miraculous ways that He has made. All I can think about is how badly I’m about to fall or fail; and with my attention now centered on my situation, I begin to sink. But in a moment of clarity, my Spirit moves me to call out with hope in my heart, “Lord, save me!” And IMMEDIATELY (every time), He grasps my reaching hand and pulls me close, infusing my Spirit with a peace that passes all understanding. Quietly, He whispers, “Oh you of little faith, why did you doubt?” I am chastened by my lack of belief, but emboldened by my savior’s faithfulness, and once again, I step out on faith, this time with my eyes firmly fixed on the Lord.
Also read Proverbs 3:5-6