“And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” Matthew 14:26 -31 (KJV)
Fear is a very aggressive emotion. It can grip our hearts and cause our minds to race erratically down a path of negativity and anguish. Anxiety, doubt and confusion will swell within, whipping us into a frenzied mess. Sound familiar?
There’s a key word in this passage that puts a halt on this all-too-common behavior: immediately. Peter was known for his Type A personality: competitive, impulsive and impatient. Although Peter appeared eager to disembark from the ship and join his Lord, he quickly became distracted by the ominous storm swirling about. Fear overwhelmed him, and he began to sink.
No sooner did Peter utter the request, “Lord, save me,” Jesus responded instantly, reaching out and rescuing Peter in his moment of weakness. Jesus’ question was not intended to criticize but was a soft, gentle reminder that Peter’s faith needed strengthening. Jesus would not and could not ever fail him–and He won’t fail you.
None of us know what a day will bring: a poor prognosis from the doctor, an unexpected accident, the loss of a loved one. The next twenty-four hours in your life are unpredictable but God is all-knowing and all-powerful. The second we cry out for help, God immediately stretches out His Hand and provides us with the support and stamina to continue. His presence dispels the fears and replaces it with assurance that we walk not alone. He is there to carry us through the storms of life if we but keep our eyes focused on Him.
We can rise up with confidence, put our faith into action and tread water fearlessly and victoriously because the Master of the Sea walks beside us every step of the way!