Friday, November 23
Live the adventure!
Scripture: Matthew 14-16
Matthew 14:28–31 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter answered him, “command me to come to you on the water.”
29 He said, “Come.”
And climbing out of the boat, Peter started walking on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strength of the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand, caught hold of him, and said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
In the middle of the night, the disciples were sailing across Galilee Lake. The wind was against them, the waves were battering the boat making progress slow and difficult. Jesus, who had stayed behind to pray, came to them walking on the water. At first, they thought it was a ghost. But Jesus announced himself and reassured them.
Peter boldly says, “If it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water.” Jesus does, and Peter gets out of the boat! I’d love to know what Peter was thinking, what motivated him to do this. While the others stayed safely in the boat, Peter took a flyer and stepped out of the boat onto the water. Crazy courage and faith!
Peter started walking on the water toward Jesus. But at some point, his focus shifted from Jesus to the wind and waves, and he got scared and began to sink. His faith in Jesus faltered.
But Peter did the right thing—he called out to Jesus, “Lord, save me!” And Jesus did. Immediately, Jesus reached out and took Peter’s hand, and they walked back to the boat together. But first, Jesus asked Peter, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”
Peter is both a good and bad example.
He is a good example of bold faith—stepping out of the boat and walking on the storm-tossed water. I wonder what made him do it. Maybe it was a sense of adventure! “That looks like fun and I want to try it!” Peter had worked on the lake as a fisherman his whole life—I wonder if he had ever dreamed of walking on the water. Here was his chance, and he took it!
What adventure is calling me, but I’m playing it safe in the boat? I want to have this kind of bold faith—if Jesus calls, I can go anywhere, do anything! I want to live boldly with Jesus. The other disciples stayed safely in the boat—I don’t want to do that. I want to go where He calls me.
Peter is also a bad example—Jesus corrects him for his doubt and loss of faith. When Peter takes his eyes off Jesus and focuses on the storm, he begins to sink. It’s a reminder to keep focused on Jesus in the midst of any storm, and to continue to trust Him. The one thing Peter did right in the midst of sinking was call on Jesus. When you feel yourself sinking, call on Jesus. It doesn’t have to be fancy—just “Save me Lord!”
Prayer: Thanks for this story Lord. Please increase my faith. Help me to live boldly and adventurously with You—and to keep my eyes on You all the time!