In this story, Peter is often discredited because he starts to sink. However, Peter should be credited for being the only one thinking. Peter and the other disciples were in the boat when they see Jesus, standing out in the middle of the lake. While everyone else is cowering, Peter thinks, “I’m here. Jesus is over there. Jesus is walking on water. I want to be more like my rabbi. I’m going to go walk to walk on water and go to Jesus.” Peter then asks Jesus for permission, which Jesus gives. Peter steps out of the boat, out of his safety zone, and starts walking on water through faith.
Then, Peter sees the storms of the outside world. He stops focusing on Jesus, and when Peter does that, he began to sink. However, when he cries out a simple prayer, “Help,” Jesus rescues him. In the midst of the storm, Peter cries out, and Jesus rescues and calmed the storm. When Jesus rescued Peter, Peter worshipped Him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Peter wanted to do something that was impossible, so he asked Jesus to call him. Jesus didn’t say, “Sorry, water-walking is for Messiahs only.” Instead, He said one simple word: Come. In fact, Jesus calls all of us to come. Come and follow me. Come and do the impossible through faith. Peter took the leap of faith and started walking on water, yet when he took his eyes off of the Prize, Jesus, he got distracted and lost faith. It’s the same way with us today, if we focus only on Christ, then we can do incredible things by faith, but if we take our eyes off of the Prize, we will get distracted from the goal.
When he got distracted and began to lose faith, Peter uttered the shortest prayer ever – “Lord, save me!” It’s a Continue reading