Strollin’ on the Water – April 24, 2017

Today’s Scripture… “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”- Matthew 14:30

Thoughts for Today… The Apostle Peter and most of us have several things in common.

Some of us are impulsive, outspoken and often find our foot in our mouths!  We have experienced a lack of faith, denied the Lord (him by denying he knew Christ, us by a life that at times said we didn’t know him) and chose a response of anger instead of love.

Of course, Peter went on to preach at Pentecost, spread the Gospel to the Jews, help found the church and write two of the Epistles in the New Testament.  I guess that’s where the similarities end!  I don’t know about you, but I’m still waiting to lead 3,000 souls to Christ in a single afternoon.

In Matthew Chapter 14 we read about Jesus walking on the water and about how Peter said, “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.”  Peter wanted to walk on water too!

Jesus was willing, so Peter stepped out of the boat onto the water and began to walk towards the Lord.  Everything was going great and I am sure that Peter was enjoying this experience when all of a sudden…

…Peter did something he shouldn’t have done.  The Bible says the wind became boisterous and Peter  became afraid and began to sink.

Give him credit for one thing, when he began to sink, he cried out for the one who could save him!  “Lord, save me!”  Jesus stretched out his hand and pulled him up and asked, “O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”

Now, I ask you why did Peter doubt?  Why did he begin to sink?  I believe two things happened out there on the water that night.  Two things that will sink you every time.

1. First, Peter began to focus on his surroundings.  He noticed that the wind had kicked up.  No doubt, with the wind blowing hard, the waves began to build and become higher.  Peter began to think about what was going on around him and he became scared.  His eyes were on the circumstances and he allowed them to destroy his faith.

2. Secondly, what always happens when you start focusing in too much on your surroundings, is you take your eyes off of Jesus.  That’s what Peter did.  He was so distracted with the wind and the waves that He stopped looking at the Lord.  Something else became a priority in his life and doubt and fear entered in.

Friends, you and I don’t walk on water with the Lord Jesus, but we do walk with him.  And are there not winds and waves around us from time to time?  They come in many different shapes and sizes and forms. Sometimes they are hardships, struggles and problems.  Do we begin to doubt and fear and worry?  Do our eyes leave the Lord and shift instead to the problems?

Yes, sometimes the winds and waves crash around us as difficulties.  But, other times they come in the form of hobbies, interests and entertainment.   Sometimes, if we’re not careful, we can find ourselves concentrating too much on these things instead of keeping our eyes focused on the Lord Jesus.

Maybe this morning you are strolling on the water with Jesus and your gaze is firmly fixed on Him.  Maybe you are full of faith and trust in the Lord to help you through the difficulties you face and there is nothing in your life that rivals Christ for your loyalty.  Enjoy your walk!

But, perhaps as you read this, the Lord has made you aware of an area of your life that you have not fully entrusted Him with.  Perhaps there is some hardship that has your faith wavering.  Or, maybe there is something that you have devoted more of yourself to than you have to Christ.  Do you feel yourself sinking this morning?

If that is the case, do as Peter did, cry out to the Lord for help.  The Bible says, “IMMEDIATELY” Jesus stretched for this hand and pulled Peter up.

He’s already reaching for you.

Have a “Wonderful DAY in Christ,”
Pastor Terry
Family Worship Center

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