TEXT: Matthew 14:22-33
TITLE: God’s Ever Present Helping Hand
“Lord, if it is you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” Matt.14:28
Peter walking on water; what a fascinating story! I’m reminded by Peter’s question-“Lord, if it’s you, etc?” to that of Satan’s question of temptation to Jesus, “If you’re the Son of God?” followed by his request for Jesus to do a miracle. One question coming from a faithless tempter, the other from a faith-filled friend! Both questions directed toward the Lord, God’s Son! We know which question he answered and He did so with a miracle.
This story always focuses on Peter and his faith and rightfully so. However, what about the faith of the others in the boat! I wonder if Jesus had done the calling and called us, would we have stepped out. When we think of it, we’re often called to step out in faith. Like Peter, we do so believing our Lord is before us. However, there may also be times when the wind and waves of our trial seem so great we begin to wonder, fear, and cry for help. “Lo, I’m with you always” is Jesus promise. “Why did we doubt? Like Peter, we’re weak sinners. Yet, as believers we’re forgiven, gifted with faith, and live under His grace. We can step out trusting in God’s love and presence in our lives.
Lord God, grant me courage and trust that in all my life’s circumstances, I know You’ll be there for me, in Jesus Name, Amen.