25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.
27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
29 “Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”
32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
You of little faith…. Who me? That’s what I have to say to myself. Don’t each one of us say this, when we doubt ourselves and have a fall? But, maybe that’s where it starts, our trusting ourselves and taking our eyes off the Lord.
Looking here we see the apostles attempting to row through a storm back to shore when Jesus comes out on the sea to them. This is like life, we’re all in that boat together, trying get somewhere. Now here they are looking for help in life, and the Lord appears. Sometimes those moments can be scary at first, and then we find the encouragement, new hope, salvation.
Here’s where the trials come in, the testing of our faith. In verse 28 Peter says “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you”. Peter, always the bold apostle, taking another leap of faith. Well, the Lord’s reply is come, and Peter does as such walking on water. This is us in our circumstances of life. We ask to have that closer walk, to be near unto the Lord. Now here in is the tricky part, keeping our eyes on Him. As soon as Peter takes his eyes off the Lord, all the swirling issues of life come into play, and the waves start washing over his feet, ankles, etc. just as they do for us. As doubt creeps in we sink, and all because we’ve taken our eyes off the Lord. It’s all in the eyes, the eyes, they have it!
Now Peter distracted, cry’s out, “Lord, save me!” The Lord saves him, and of course, there is a slight chasten, “Ye of little faith, why did you doubt?” Don’t forget, Hebrews 12:6 “For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises everyone he receives.” Now, before we are too critical on Peter, who a number of times acquires some correction, are we not the same and do we not neglect to keep our eyes fixed? There are some admirable qualities the Lord wrought in Peter, for after all, where was everyone else? Everyone else was in the boat, not risking their so-called faith, bring any shame to… their pride. Ah, well that’s another message. We need to keep the focus here, THE EYES HAVE IT!
So today, as we go out and let our let shine, let us remember to keep our eyes on Jesus who is “the author and finisher of our faith.” There is a quote from a book I like to think on. In Two Chairs this author, Bob Beaudine, repeats this message”Eyes Forward” Let’s order ourselves, put our own body into captivity and order our eyes forward.
As we face those challenges today, and they will come, remember THE EYES HAVE IT!
Lord, thank you for your word and the great examples of how we should walk trusting in you. Help us to keep our eyes on you, through all difficulty and temptation. Deliver us this day from evil, for Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Have a great day my friends! Let your light be seen, and be a blessing!