Matthew 14:25-31 – “Lord, Save Me!”

Matthew 14:25-31
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

-What do you think it felt like for Peter as he began to sink into the water?  In the moments he had to process what was happening, I imagine he felt completely out of control and certain that he was about to be swallowed whole which probably led to panic.  I say panic, because the Bible tells us elsewhere that Peter is a fisherman and a swimmer (John 21:7), but in this moment Peter seems to forget that.  Have you ever felt this way in life?  Like you were completely out of control and at the mercy of events that threaten to consume you?  Notice Peters reaction; he forgot that he could swim but he remembered Jesus  This probably came a lot easier to Peter because he had been focusing on drawing close to the Lord BEFORE things started to go badly for him.  I’m not saying the Lord can’t help someone whose heart is not fixed on Him; what I am saying is that only by fixing our hearts on Him will our natural reaction to trouble be to say “Lord, save me!”


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