“But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”
Sometimes we allow the storm around us to shift our focus from where it should be. We learned this lesson from Peter as he stepped out of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. But why did he begin to sink?
“he saw the wind boisterous”
It was when “he saw the wind” that his courage disappeared only to be replaced by fear. But how do you see wind? You don’t see it – you either feel it or only see the effects of the wind. Sometimes we can’t see the storm around us, we only feel it or see the effects of it.
“he was afraid”
But what was he afraid of? The cause of his fear was ”he saw the wind boisterous”. The effect of which was him “beginning to sink”. When his faith decreased he began to sink. He was fearful; he didn’t sink, but he was sinking. There is a difference between sinking and being sunk. Sinking is reversible. The Lord allowed Peter to begin to sink so that he could see he needed a Saviour. Whatever your fear is today, it can be replaced with faith. Sinking can be reversed through faith in the Lord’s ability to deliver us.
We must call for help before we sink.
The solution to both his fear and ours is in crying for help – “he cried, saying, Lord, save me.” Peter had faith that the Lord could save him. What a picture of salvation. He knew he couldn’t save himself, but yet he had faith in the One that could reach down His hand to where Peter was. He simply called upon the Name of the Lord in faith, and he was saved. The Lord did not delay His deliverance.
“And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?”
If you feel as if you are sinking today, there is no need to doubt. The Saviour is just a call away. Whatever your need, He’s the answer.
Call upon Him today in faith that He is able to deliver you from sinking.
Ezekiel 35-36 | Mark 15 | Psalm 122
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