Has God asked you to do something that you are scared to do? Maybe it's something that would be taking a risk or stepping outside of your comfort zone, but you know that God is asking you to do it. So, you take a step of faith, and you follow the Spirit's prompting. But then, you hit troubled waters, and you get scared. What do you do then? Do you let yourself just sink into the waves or do you call out for Jesus to save you? Let's take a look at the time Peter walked on water with Jesus and see what we can learn.
They saw him walking on the lake and were terrified. "It's a ghost!" they said. And they cried out in fear. Right away Jesus called out to them, "Be brave! It is I. Don't be afraid." "Lord, is it you?" Peter asked. "If it is, tell me to come to you on the water." "Come," Jesus said. So Peter got out of the boat. He walked on the water toward Jesus. But when Peter saw the wind, he was afraid. He began to sink. He cried out, "Lord! Save me!" Right away Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "Your faith is so small!" he said. "Why did you doubt me?" Matthew 14:26-31
A few things we can learn from Peter's experience:
1. We need to get out of the boat! If we don't even try, we will never know what God can do through us.
After making sure that it really is Jesus on the water, Peter is eager to get out of the boat. Notice that although all the disciples are there in the boat, Peter is the only one that goes out on to the water.
2. We must keep our eyes on God!
There is Peter actually walking on water, a most incredible feat indeed! But, then he takes his eyes off of the very One that is making it possible for him and notices the danger surrounding him. He loses his focus and that is when he begins to sink.
3. Always trust Jesus!
Peter was sinking; he could not stay up by himself. He knew to cry out for Jesus- the One who could save him.
4. Even when we doubt, Jesus will catch us!
Even though Peter called out to be saved, why did he doubt in the first place?
No matter what, God calls us to in our lives or what storms may come, we can trust that Jesus will always be with us. Be ready, keep your focus on Him and His plan for your life!