“Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
~ Matthew 14:29-31 NLT (emphasis added)
I love how the Bible showcases Peter’s boldness in one sentence, yet highlights his fear in the next. These two teeny, tiny verses starkly contradict one another. Can we just pause and praise God for this type of transparency written in His Word?
Because you know what this means, right?
That our flub-ups are redeemable, usable, and relatable, too.
In this one particular scene, Peter steps out of a boat during a wicked storm to walk along the waves towards Jesus. Suddenly, his eyes shifted from Christ to his cloak whipping across his body. Terrified, Peter panics, then sinks.
Did you see the action that triggered his fall?
The sinking happened after the shift.
Precious friend, where are you focusing today?
Or this illness temporarily crippling your body? Or maybe it’s the medical debt? Or the failure to control your circumstances? In this story, Jesus allows Peter to choose what he believes.
I hope you see that this same principle applies to us, too.
We evaluate our ailment and imagine the plausible pock-lined road ahead, which only pushes us further into despair. We’ve read that Christ is holding out His hand and reassuring us that He’s in control. But much like Peter, we’re not perfect in our faith, and we need the Father’s encouragement to believe.
This whole walking on water in the midst of a downpour displays a picture of what God wants to show us today.
He can handle the crazy.
Have we shifted our focus to the storms of life whipping into us, or are we looking up to the One who orchestrates each step?
Let’s thank God for the mini flub-up situations He highlights in Scripture, because this only reminds us that we’re human. And normal. And in much need of a Savior more powerful than the hurricane pelting our frail body. Why don’t we mimic Peter’s initial faith, even if we feel like we’re sinking right now?
Maybe even look up and say, “Save me, Lord.”
Where have you been focusing?
Write a prayer to God asking Him to strengthen your faith in Him:
“Never dwell on tomorrow—
remember that [tomorrow] is God’s, not ours.”
~ Linda Dillow, Calm My Anxious Heart
“He must increase, but I must decrease.”
~ John 3:30 KJV
“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”
~Isaiah 41:13 NIV
“In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.”
~1 Peter 5:10 NLT
As always, if you missed any of the first 10 devotionals, click the underlined day to catch up (remember, I’m missing Day 5 because I submitted this to Proverbs 31 Ministries as a potential devo): Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 6, Day 7 Day 8, Day 9, Day 10.
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My dyslexic brain thanks you.
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