What fascinates me most about this particular miracle is the interchange between Jesus and Peter. In the story, Peter seems to want assurance that it really is Jesus. I’m assuming that he wanted to go out and meet him face to face to see for himself that it was Jesus. We all know the story. Peter tells Jesus that, if it really is Him, then he should allow Peter to walk out on the waves toward Him. When Jesus permits this request, Peter takes a few steps, then stops thinking about His Lord and starts thinking about His own situation, looking down at the waves, and allowing his self-consciousness and natural fear to completely consume his thoughts. It is at that moment that Peter is no longer abiding in his faith but is leaning on his own human understanding, and thus, he begins to suffer the consequences of walking in his own power and sinks into the waves. He is only saved when he cries out to Jesus: “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” (Matthew `14:31-33).
There are a few important lessons that we can glean from this. The most important one is that Jesus does save, not just at the moment of salvation when we submit our lives, hearts, and souls to Him, but He continues to save us every day in all circumstances of our lives, lifting us out of the waves if we only cry out to Him and ask for His help. He is an everyday, ever present Savior. Plus, we need to always keep our eyes on our Savior and trust and hope in Him no matter what the circumstances look like around us. If we dwell on the circumstances, then we begin to sink into the waves, just as Peter did, and we become consumed with fears about the circumstances and about what will happen. Our worries and fears will begin to overtake us just as they overtook Peter. We must always keep our eyes on the Savior no matter what we see or what we think we see around us. Often we are not even correct in our perception of the circumstances because of our limited understanding and wisdom. Moreover, Satan often takes the circumstances and deceives us about them or about the possibilities, trying to stoke our fears and doubts, trying to get us to take our eyes off the Lord so that we dwell on our problems and live in misery.
More on this tomorrow. I pray that you will have a blessed day, leaning on His Tremendous Power and Love to get you through all circumstances big and small. He is a God of details and wants to be involved in every detail of your life because His Love is just so amazingly big, deep, wide, persistent, and insistent.