Brave, confident Peter stood up and stepped out of the safety of the boat and onto the liquid surface of the lake – and the water held him up! That is until he looked around to see if what he thought was happening really was. “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, ‘Lord, save me!’” (Matthew 14:30). The laws of nature overrode his faith in Jesus.
Peter knew Jesus – he had heard His authoritative teaching and had witnessed and participated in His miracles. But in a moment, all he knew about Jesus sank into the waves with him. He was overcome with fear. Can you relate? Sometimes we seem to be doing good – walking along in our faith with our heads held high. Then something happens – a crisis hits, the bottom falls out, and suddenly we are sinking and crying out for help.
I have walked with Jesus for almost 50 years and there have been many ups and downs, some pretty awesome highs and some very deep lows. I wish I could say that I’ve always been a model of unwavering faith – but that would be a lie. What I can say is that every trial has built my faith by degrees. We’ve been through some very stormy seas the past three years. At times, it all looked very dire, and we were sinking fast. All I could do was cry out, “Lord save us!” And He did.
Here’s what I know – and what I want you to know. God’s hand was in Peter’s stormy sea – and ours. He stirred up the wind and the waves that rocked our boat and tossed us into the water. Why would He do that? Because His was the hand that would reach out to rescue us. Because I needed to know the power of His saving grace and the depth of His everlasting love. And so do you. You need to know that when all seems lost, God will rescue you. When you think you’re about to drown, God will pull you up. Your storm is real – but so is God. Start looking for His hand over the waves.